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source: Mmegi

PALAPYE: The expansion of the Morupule Coal Mine Project will not be affected by the global economic downturn.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ workshop in Palapye over the weekend, Debswana’s Ore Processing Engineer, Craig Robertson, explained that the Debswana board views the project as one of high priority.

“The expansion of Morupule Coal Mine is expected to cost P1.95 billion upon completion,” Robertson said. “The mine will produce 3.8 million tonnes of coal per annum. The mine will need P280 million to operate annually. We intend to build a high quality project and they do not want to waste money.”

He said they have not awarded the construction tender yet. Speaking at the same workshop, the General Manager responsible for Strategic Projects at the Botswana Power Corporation, Modiri Badirwang, said two Chinese companies have won the engineering, procurement and construction contract of Morupule B, as the project is [continue reading]


source: Mmegi
27 March 2009

The long-awaited expansion of Morupule B Power Station is set to take off in earnest next month, following the fulfilment of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract between the Botswana Power Corporation and Shanghai Electric Company of China, the main contractor.

BPC hopes to fund the project through debt and equity finance. 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.

Responding to written enquiries from Mmegi, Modiri Badirwang, BPC’s General Manager (Strategic Projects) said following the signing of the EPC contract with China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) on November 15 last year, BPC and the Chinese firm have been working towards the fulfilment of the contract and [continue reading]

source: BOPA
26 March, 2009

PALAPYE – The northern English medium schools are this year’s Stanbic Bank sponsored Swimming Gala Champions.

The northern schools ended the southern schools three-year dominance by defeating them by 702 points to 660 points at the Kgaswe English Medium School in Morupule over the weekend. The northern schools included Matshwane, Clifton and Kopano while those from the south were Broadhurst, Northside and Thornhill primary schools.

The northern schools dominated the under eight, under nine, under 12 and under 13 categories. The participants were a marvel to watch in the events such as individual medley, backstroke, butterfly and medley relay.

Their dominance highlighted interesting swimmers such as James Freeman, Lombe Mwape, Adrian Robinson, Karla Rawlinson, David van de Cloff and Jarryd Brown.

Even though they were on a song they were neutralized in the under 10, under 11 and under 12 in which the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

BOTSWANA will soon launch a study into a 1,500 km rail link from its multi- billion tonne coalfields to a port in Namibia as part of efforts to diversify the economy away from its heavy reliance on diamonds, said Kgomotso Abi, director of Botswana’s mines.

Botswana has coal resources of 200 billion tonnes but of that only three to five billion tonnes can be economically mined, Abi told the McCloskey South African Coal Exports Conference.

“We have very limited capacity for coal consumption, so we are aiming for the export market and we are looking at the international market,” he said.

“Coal has the potential to be to Botswana what diamonds currently are to the country. We are more than just a diamond producer. There is coal that will uplift the economy of the country and secure energy for the nation,” he said.

Apart from the single largest mining company Morupule, which mines around a million tonnes per annum to mainly feed a power plant, there are no other major coal mines in the country.

CIC Energy and Aviva are both busy with projects to build mines to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 January, 2009

PALAPYE – Morupule Colliery failed to reach its coal production target in 2008 as was the case in the previous year.

The failure of the Debswana owned coalmine to reach its budgeted coal production, was revealed by the Morupule Mine Manager, Mr Albert Milton when speaking during the seasonal party for employees.

Mr Milton said that 2008 has not been a good year for them in the mine. He indicated that as of November 2008, Morupule Colliery only managed to produce 852 269 tonnes of coal as opposed to what they budgeted for, which is 975 288 tonnes.

In 2007, the then Mine Manager of Morupule Colliery, Mr Cletus Tangane indicated that the mine budgted for a coal production target of a million tonnes and by the end of 2007, they only managed to produce about 827 300 tons.

At the time, Mr Tangane indicated that they only managed to sell about 764 043 tons of coal.

Mr Milton said coal sales were 30 per cent below budget.

“This represents a shortfall of 12 per cent. Even our sales are [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 January, 2009

PALAPYE – Botswana’s largest producer of coal, Morupule Colliery Limited is grappling with a high HIV/AIDS prevalence rate at more than 32.

The Morupule Mine Manager, Mr Albert Milton, delivered the bad news during the Morupule Coillery employees Christmas party.

Mr Milton said that the prevalence rate was an indication that Morupule Colliery is not close to winning the HIV/AIDS war.

“I must hasten to add that our prevalence rate is still high. At 32 per cent, we are not at all close to winning this war.” However, Mr Milton said that he was informed that within the space of a year, a total of 243 employees out of 292 employees were counseled and tested for HIV/AIDS. This represents a very high rate by all standards.”

He encouraged Morupule Colliery employees to be committed to the zero transmission in their lifestyles.”Bothers and sisters, let’s try to commit to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
23 December, 2008

PALAPYE: – The repaired fourth Morupule Power Station transformer is expected to lead to the improvement in the power generation capacity of the power station.

Morupule Power Station Production Manager, Mr Mphee Ratshee said in an interview that the transformer which ceased operation last year was sent to South Africa for repair, is now back to Morupule.

Mr Ratshee indicated that the return of the repaired transformer would increase the number of the power station’s transformers to five. He indicated that after the transformer became dysfunctional last year they decided to buy a replacement transformer from Tati-Nickel.

“After the fourth transformer ceased operation last year we then decided to buy a transformer from Tati-Nickel and we have been using the Tati-Nickel one as a replacement to the dysfunctional one.” He added the dysfunction of the repaired transformer was a blessing in disguise as it helped them to find an alternative, which is bearing fruits.

“You should remember that the rehabilitation or repair of the transformer took four months and if we did not find an [continue reading]

source: BOPA
08 December, 2008

GABORONE – Potential financers of the Morupule B Power Station have been told to ignore media reports concerning the awarding of a tender for the project.

The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to China National Electric Equipment Corporation and Sheyang Blower Works Electro-Mechanics Import and Export.

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Ponatshego Kedikilwe said the contractors, who were invited to tender for the project were identified through a pre-qualification process, as it is the usual practice in projects of this nature.

Mr Kedikilwe said tendering advertisements were placed in the local and international media such as the Economist magazine, the official Journal of the European Community and some foreign embassies based in Botswana and also on the BPC website.

He said a team of experts undertook the tender evaluations.

The BPC internal evaluation team was also set up in [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
By Wanetsha Mosinyi
Staff Writer

Despite the liquidity challenges that have engulfed the global economy, international financiers have shown a huge interest to invest in the P11.5 billion Morupule B Power Station and Transmission Project.

This emerged on Thursday in Phakakane at a financiers’ conference co-hosted by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources.

The conference was attended by bilateral, multilateral, and commercial financiers including the World Bank, Citi Group, Fortis Bank, Deutche Bank, China Exim Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Southern African Development Bank, Investec Bank, Standard Bank of South Africa, Nedbank, Absa Capital and Calyon, a French investment bank.

Botswana banks Barclays, Stanbic, FNB and fund managers were [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by John Regonamanye
06.12.2008 2:18 P

Following the glaring reports of impropriety in the tendering and eventual award of the Morupule B Power Station Project tender to a Chinese company, the government this week dispatched information instructing the Directorate of Economic Crime and Corruption to check allegations of corruption at the Botswana Power Corporation- a move calculated to clear the mist currently surrounding the multi million pula project.

Officiating at a Thursday financiers conference, designed to lure local and world renowned potential investors to financially assist the government and make the project a reality, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, expressed doubt over media reports that the tendering and the eventual awarding of the Morupule B Power Station Project to the China National Electric Equipment Corporation and the Shenyang Blower Works Electro-Mechanics Import and Export Co. Ltd (CNEEC-SBW Consortium) was conducted under questionable and suspicious circumstances.

Kedikilwe insisted that “the ministry takes seriously any allegations of possible impropriety in the procurement process that involves public funds”.
“It is for this reason, and in the interest of transparency and good governance, that the ministry has referred the matter to the DCEC to look into any [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
30.11.2008 7:55:02 P

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) managers helped China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) clinch the P8 billion Morupule Power Station contract through questionable means – Sunday Standard investigations have revealed.

Minutes of a BPC board committee meeting, which sat on 12th September 2007, state that bidding companies, among them CNEEC, were pre-qualified because of their “technical capacity, financial capacity experience and expertise to undertake the project”.
Sunday Standard can, however, reveal that CNEEC was pre-qualified although it had failed to secure financing to justify their financial capacity and did not have a single completed project of the size of Morupule B Power Station to justify their experience and technical capacity.

Doubt on the capability of CNEEC were further raised by the Chinese Ambassador to Botswana, Ding Xiaowen, who advised Ministers Ponatshego Kedikilwe and Mompati Merafhe that the Chinese state owned company was not certified to undertake a project of that magnitude.

In an apparent attempt to help CNEEC’s financial capacity, a BPC manager issued a letter to [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
24.11.2008 4:46:27 P

The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has awarded the P8 billion Morupule B Power Station project to state-owned China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC) despite advice from the Chinese Government that the company is not authorized to undertake a project of that size – Sunday Standard investigations have revealed.

In another controversial turn of events, the company, owned by the Chinese government, was allowed to increase their bid price by close to P 2 billion, from the initial US$ 693 million to US $970 million after the closing of tenders in December 2007. Some insiders at the government enclave are unhappy that this violated tender requirements.

The Ministry of Minerals’ Energy and Water Resources announced this week that “project funding is [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

As efforts to improve the country’s power supply continue, the government has signed an agreement worth close to US$1 billion(P8 billion) with a Chinese company for the construction of the Morupule B project.

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources announced the signing of the contract between the Botswana Power Corporation on one hand, and China National Electric Equipment Corporation and Shenyang Blower Works Electro-Mechanics Import and Export Co. Ltd (the CNEEC-SBW Consortium) on the other, for the development of the Morupule B Power Station in a press statement issued Wednesday.BPC Public Relations Manager Tlhomamiso Selato confirmed to Business week that the construction of the Morupule B will be done at a cost of US$970 million over a period of 42 months.”The development of the Morupule B Power Station reached a significant milestone with the signing of [continue reading]

source: Reuters Africa
Thu 20 Nov 2008, 14:14 GMT

GABORONE (Reuters) – Botswana’s state-owned energy utility, Botswana Power Corporation, said on Thursday it had signed a contract with leading Chinese firms for the development of 600 megawatts (MW) power station.

The utility said it had agreed with China’s construction consortium, China National Electric Equipment Corporation and Shenyang Blower Works Electro-Mechanics Import and Export Co. Ltd (the CNEEC-SBW Consortium) to build the power station.

The Morupule B Power Station is part of Botswana’s strategy to secure power supply by expanding the existing generating capacity as well as improving the southern African country’s national self-reliance.
The power station will have four 150 MW units.

It will be a coal-fired and air-cooled power plant and will be constructed adjacent to the existing 132 MW Morupule Power Station (Morupule A) near the town of Palapye, some [continue reading]

source: Standay Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
12.10.2008 1:48:44 P

The government warned this week of prolonged power outages due to the ongoing services but added that it was courting the Chinese to inject money into the stalled Mmamabula project.

Minerals, Energy and Water Resources minister, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, indicated that the country will run short of 80 mws of electricity supply for the months of October and November this year due to a multiple of factors, such as the overhaul of one of the units at Morupule and the ongoing repairs at one of the aged Mozambique power stations.
“Due to the constraints outlined, the total supply available stands at 452 MW compared to the total demand of some 500 MW during the period of high demands,” he said.

The Morupule power station supplies the country with 120 MW while running at full capacity and the Mozambique supply is at 85 MW at full capacity. The two months’ power shortage is expected to have minimal impact on the key pillars of the economy—especially mining.

However, he stated that government is [continue reading]