Archive for the ‘Morupule’ Category

source: Sunday Standard
by Spencer Mogapi

Botswana is likely to experience power outages that were so much a regular feature of 2008 and 2009.
Unless the Morupule B project in Palapye is completed well on time, the power cuts, popularly known as load-shedding, are again expected to plod back and start haunting the prospects of Botswana’s economy, the recovery of which has, to date, remained fragile, slow and uncertain.

Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, has confirmed that due to long turnaround time for energy projects, Morupule B, which is already under construction, remains Botswana’s only hope in the short to medium terms.

The Minister, however, reiterated his position that Government will continue to facilitate conditions to allow Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to enter the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Six local and South African banks have teamed up to provide the P1.4 billion required for the expansion of Morupule Colliery.

This comes amid reports that construction at the adjacent power station is moving ahead of schedule.

Morupule Colliery is expanding from one to three million tonnes of coal per year in order to meet increased demand from the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC)’s Morupule A and Morupule B power stations, which are presently under construction. When completed, Morupule A and B will pump out 820 megawatts, consuming 2.8 million tonnes of coal per annum. With development ongoing at the P11 billion Morupule B project, the commencement of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) could abandon the Morupule B Phase II, under which 600 megawatts would have been pumped into the national grid, adding onto the 600 MW expected from Phase I, which is presently under construction.

Originally, it was planned that Morupule B Phase I and II would jointly add 1,200 to the national grid and – together with 120 megawatts from Morupule A – would have sealed the nation’s power needs in the long-term.

This week, however, it was revealed that strategists within the BPC and government are considering scrapping Phase II and instead adding two units to Phase I. Thus, Phase I would consist of 900 megawatts when complete.

BPC Director of Transmissions, Edward Rugoyi said the possibility of adding two units to Phase I and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The country’s sole power station, Morupule, will soon undergo a multi-million Pula refurbishment designed to restore the 25-year-old plant to “dependable capacity,” following a long period of poor performance.

The ageing equipment and infrastructure at the Palapye power station has resulted in the 120 megawatt plant operating at about 50 percent capacity this year, with either one or two of its four units down at any given time.

Consequently, the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has been forced to import up to 86 percent of the nation’s power supplies this year, while implementing a load shedding schedule to curb demand side pressures.

Previously, the BPC’s cost-benefit analysis weighed against refurbishing the power station; estimated investment for sprucing up the plant and associated network infrastructure would have been about P500 million, against a benefit of 120 MW, less than 25 percent of current national maximum demand. The BPC also preferred to focus its finances on the Morupule B Phase I project which – when complete in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) will soon start construction of the long-awaited multi-million pula transmission line through which power from the 600-megawatt Morupule B Power Station will be brought to Greater Gaborone.

The 400-kilovolt line from the Morupule B Power Station to the Isang sub-station is one of key works in the 600-megawatt station’s development. The transmission line is essential for securing Gaborone’s future power supplies as its capacity creates room for the capital city’s growth.

The project, estimated at between P150 million and P300 million, involves the installation of towers, transmission lines, conductors and other machinery along the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana has received a US$136 million (P943 million) loan from the World Bank as part finance for the 600 MW Morupule B power stations currently under construction in Palapye.

Morupule B power station is seen as the sustainable long-term solution to Botswana’s power shortages, particularly in the face of the decreasing imports from South Africa.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Gaborone yesterday, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Kenneth Matambo said the project is of great strategic importance to the country, as it will contribute to the national energy security and spur economic growth, thus improving the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Following a groundbreaking ceremony for the P11 billion project last month, two bills seeking authorisation for the government to borrow approximately P2.4 billion from the World Bank and the African Development Bank to fund Morupule B Power Station are to come before Parliament soon.

The loans will complement the government’s own commitments to the project.

In an atmosphere of severely reduced revenues, the Morupule B station is among a handful of projects the government has prioritised for development. Output from the ambitious project is expected in January 2012.

According to the Government Gazette, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning will [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Standard Bank has reinforced its credentials in providing project finance to African power plant projects winning another award for its role in Morupule B Power Station, named as ‘African Power Deal of the Year’ by Project Finance International (PFI).

PFI is the leading source of global project finance intelligence. It is published every two weeks, PFI reports on the entire lifecycles of deals, from the initial rumours through to post-completion analysis. Morupule B was the first major transaction involving Standard Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China(ICBC) since the Chinese bank took a 20 per cent stake in Standard Bank in February 2008. This transaction demonstrates the benefits of the Standard Bank and ICBC partnership to African companies looking for financing and to the local communities whose quality of life is enhanced through increased expenditure on essential power and infrastructure projects.

Commenting, Rob Walker, Director, Investment Banking Coverage Africa, Standard Bank, said: “Standard Bank is delighted to win another award for our role in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
25 January, 2010

PALAPYE – The Operations Readiness Manager for Morupule Colliery Limited, Mr Koolatotse Koolatotse has asked for support and cooperation from the Palapye sub district council in relation to the anticipated expansion of the mine.

Briefing the councilors about the project last week, Mr Koolatotse said it was important for the councilors to render their support because the expansion project was going to affect peoples lives in many ways.

He said it was the leaders who could help them address a lot of issues between the mine and the public adding that the project was going to affect the communities and their environment in both positive and negative ways.

He noted that even though they did not have the opportunity to brief the councilors about the expected impact of the project as scheduled last year, they had consulted with the area Member of Parliament, the tribal leaders and farmers through the stakeholders engagement plan.

We had planned to address the councilors in October last year but due to the onset of the elections our plan could not go through, he said.

He said even though the minor works such as the building of the construction camp will be undertaken in March this year, the [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
African Development Bank
2 November 2009

Tunis — The project involves the construction of a 600-MW (4 x 150 MW) coal fired power plant and associated transmission infrastructure. The Morupule B plant will be located adjacent to the existing Morupule A plant, and connected to the national grid by two new transmission lines.

Designed to help the country achieve energy self-sufficiency, the project will, on completion, support economic growth and reduce poverty. Botswana has, until now, relied on the importation of electricity to meet its growing demand (500 MW in 2008 and around 600 MW projected for 2012). In 2008, 80% of the electricity supplied in Botswana consisted of imports from neighbouring countries, notably from South Africa. The remaining 20% was generated by the country’s Morupule A, a 25-year-old plant.

However, as a result of the acute energy crisis in the region, neighbouring countries are rapidly reducing exports to Botswana, and the country has been forced to resort to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 October, 2009

PALAPYE – Morupule Colliery mine will in the near future expand to produce about 4 million tonnes of coal.

The officials told the Bangwato tribal leaders who recently toured the mine that the expansion and increased coal production tonnage from 1 million to about 4 million was prompted by the Morupule Power Station B phase 1 expansion.

Botswana Power Corporation is installing an additional 600 MW power station as part of the Morupule B phase 1 expansion, which requires additional coal, they said.

They indicated that they would be providing Morupule with coal for a period of 20 years.

One of the officials, Mr Koolatose also said that the expansion project would [continue reading]

source: BOPA
28 September, 2009

SEROWE – Botswana is expected to be self sufficient in electricity output upon the completion of the first phase of the Morupule B project by the year 2012.

These were the words of the Project Manager of the Morupule B project, Mr Modiri Badirwang, at a stakeholders workshop in Serowe recently.

Botswana at present has only one power station, which is at Morupule. Currently we produce enough electricity to only satisfy between 20 and 25 per cnet of the countrys electricity needs. The balance of around 80 per cent is imported, mostly from South Africas power producer, ESKOM, Mr Badirwang said.

Mr Badirwang said that for many years it was deemed cheaper for the country to import power from her neighbours, because Southern African states were producing surplus power. It was then thought too costly to [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Debswana is speeding up the expansion of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Morupule Colliery, to match the fast-moving development of its biggest client, Morupule Power Station.

The Colliery’s expansion will see it tap into previously unexploited resources to ramp up production from about one million tonnes per annum to 3.8 million tonnes, which will also result in expanded surface facilities. Adjacent to the mine, the Botswana Power Corporation has accelerated the Morupule B Power Station project which involves the installation of 4 x 150 megawatt (MW) units from the existing 132 MW capacity. With the BPC hoping to commission the expanded power station by 2011, Debswana is anxious to speed up the expansion of the colliery to support the increased coal requirements.

Further highlighting the urgent need to speed up the colliery’s expansion, the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Government has committed P1.5 billion as part of equity financing for the $1,6-billion (P11.14 billion) Morupule B Power Station expansion project.

This was revealed by the Chairman of the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) Ewetse Rakhudu at the signing ceremony of loan agreements between the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), South Africa-based Standard Bank and the BPC.

The consortium of ICBC and Standard Bank, which operates as Stanbic Bank in Botswana, will provide a $825-million loan for the expansion project which will be serviced over a period of 20 years and is backed by a guarantee from the Ministry of Finance.

The consortium will also provide a $140 million bridge loan for the project, covering 85 percent of [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

The Morupule B Power Station got a major boost this week with the announcement that Standard Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have been mandated as joint lead arrangers to finance the project

The Morupule B Power Station project involves the installation of 4 x 150 megawatt units. Associated projects include water supply works and the construction of transmission lines and substations for the distribution of power to the rest of the BPC grid.

The project also involves expansion of Debswana-owned Morupule Colliery that traditionally produces less than a million tonnes of coal annually.

The US$ 1, 6 billion (P12 billion) coal-fired Morupule B Power Station project is a major Botswana government initiative driven by the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). It is aimed at boosting the [continue reading]