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Botswana's power utility lifts tariffs by 10%

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) said on Thursday it had increased electricity tariffs by 10% as the loss-making utility tries to recover costs. BPC has made operating losses for years due to high import costs, non-performing assets and operational inefficiencies. That has made the company... 

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

Botswana to spend $495m to extend power grid to northwest

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on Monday launched a P4.8-billion ($495-million) project to build an electricity transmission line to connect the northwest of the country, a centre of copper mining and tourism, to the national grid. Domestic consumers in the region currently rely on imports... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Botswana reaffirms commitment to 100 MW solar project

By: Terence Creamer     29th August 2017 The Botswana government has assured potential renewable-energy investors that it will follow through with the implementation of a proposed 100 MW utility-scale solar project, for which it received 166 responses to a call for expressions of interest (EoI) released earlier this year. The Botswana... 

New approach needed to develop Africa’s energy landscape

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th July 2017 Emerging from the closing panel at the PowerGen Africa conference is a strong new message – a different approach is needed to unlock 100% electricity access across Africa. There was no more time for discussions, no more time for political ramblings and no more time to rely on the traditional... 

Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation seal long-term power supply deal

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 Eskom, which has excess capacity of about 4 000 MW, on Wednesday said it has signed a three-year “firm power supply agreement” with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). The power utility said the move was is in line with its plan to increase electricity exports to neighbouring states. 

Liquid Telecoms’ buyout of Neotel nears final hurdle

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th November 2016 The R6.5-billion buyout of converged communications network operator Neotel by privately owned Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is reaching its final hurdle – approval by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). The acquisition was progressing “very well” and the... 

Botswana to attain self-sufficiency in power generation by 2019

By: African News Agency      29th March 2016 The US-based International Business Monitor (IBM) says Botswana is set to attain self-sufficiency in power generation in 2019 when presently under-performing coal-fired thermal power stations reach optimum production and pave the way for the country to end reliance on electricity imports from... 

Botswana ‘to be power exporter by 2018’ 

By: African News Agency      26th October 2015 Blessed with an abundance of renewable energy sources and buoyed by an overwhelming response from the private sector to government’s ambitions to grow the sector, Botswana, a net importer of electricity today, has set its sights on becoming a regional powerhouse and major exporter in the next few... 

Botswana government defers royalties to help hard-pressed mining companies

By: Martin Creamer     9th June 2015 The government of Botswana is bringing relief to profit-squeezed mining companies in the country by allowing them to defer the payment of mineral royalties. Speaking at the thirteenth Botswana Resource Sector conference here, Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Minister Onkokame Kitso Mokaila... 

Non-Renewable Resources Energy Conference - where to from here??

19th February 2015 On Thursday 12 March at the Glen Hove Conferencing Centre in Johannesburg the Fossil Fuel Foundation is hosting the ‘Non-Renewable Resources Energy Conference.’  Southern Africa, especially Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique, has large resources of bituminous and sub-bituminous coal. Coal is... 

Power transmission projects progress in Southern Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th April 2014 The commissioning of about 22 000 MW of new generation capacity in the Southern African region by 2017 will require new transmission networks to evacuate power from generation stations to load centres in the region, according to Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) coordination centre manager Dr... 

Lahmeyer consults in various Phases of Power Projects in the SADC Region

18th February 2014 Lahmeyer International can record a series of new projects from Southern African countries. The consulting engineering company currently provides advisory services for the construction and operation of several power plant projects in the SADC region. The Southern Africa Development Community is... 

Power & Electricity World Africa

10th January 2014 Power & Electricity World Africa - the continent’s largest power and electricity show - takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 11-12 March 2014. The show - a combination of conference, exhibition and series of seminars – is the leading market place and ideas exchange platform for... 

SA Cabinet approves Grand Inga power treaty with DRC 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2012 South Africa’s Cabinet has approved a treaty with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the development of the so-called ‘Grand Inga Project’, which could produce hydroelectric power for the DRC and surrounding countries, including South Africa. The project, which would be developed on the... 

Company Announcement: Wade Walker Close to Completing E&I Orders at Morupule

6th August 2012 Electrical, control and instrumentation engineers and constructors Wade Walker, a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts, has completed the contract awarded by Morupule Colliery in January 2011 associated with mine expansion necessary to increase coal supply to the nearby coal-fired Morupule... 

Botswana can become major energy corridor – Kalahari Energy

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2012 Coal-endowed Botswana has the potential to become a major energy corridor within the Southern African power pool, says Kalahari Energy Botswana group CEO Steve Martin. Kalahari Energy, which is pioneering energy growth in Botswana through coal-based methane exploitation, operates the small 90 MW... 

Botswana poised to invest in power system, study shows

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2012 Electricity demand in Botswana is projected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6% from 2011 to 2020, following robust economic growth and increasing rural electrification, says business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. 


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