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Electricity woes: The timeline

1994: A Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) study recommends the expansion of the 120MW Morupule A power station. The idea is rejected on the grounds that tariffs would needlessly rise as the customer base was small and expansion costly. Cheaper imports are preferred.
By Staff Writer Fri 05 Dec 2014, 13:55 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Electricity woes: The timeline








1998: South Africa’s Eskom issues a white paper to neighbouring countries warning of probable power shortages starting in 2008

2000: The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Eskom ink an eight-year supply deal to expire in December 2007 for 410MW

2003: Five SADC utilities from Botswana, DRC, Angola, Namibia and South Africa establish the Western Power Corridor to produce 3,500MW of hydrothermal power from the Inga 3 rapids in the DRC

2003: BPC commissions a generation expansion feasibility study for Morupule A. The study recommends that 6 x100 MW units be installed in progressive stages up to 2023. The study is updated in 2006 to a 4 x 150MW

2007: First public consultation meeting is held with Palapye community on the proposed power station, following completion of technical studies and designs in previous years

2007: The tender for the construction of the Morupule B Power Station closes on 14th December 2007. Morupule B budget announced at US$1.7 billion (P11.2 billion).

2007: Parliament approves amendments to Electricity Supply Act liberalising the electricity generation industry

2008: BPC signs new five-year contract with Eskom on a sliding scale from 350MW to 150MW over the years

2008: BPC initiates first national loadshedding programme in April as Eskom supplies dwindle

2008: BPC signs Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with China National Electric Equipment Corporation (CNEEC)/ Shenyang Blower Works consortium

2009: Official EPC contract commences on April 29 with completion of all four units due in 42 months or October 2012

2011: BPC begins receiving power from the 90MW dual-fuel Orapa power station, built in partnership with Debswana

2012: First unit at Morupule B becomes operational in July 2012

2012: October deadline for Morupule B completion sails by with government explaining that delays are due to a combination of avoidable and non-avoidable factors

2013: Operational issues plague completed units at Morupule B, which BPC pledges and manages to

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resolve by July 31, 2013

2013: Government announces that three units are up and running at Morupule B with the last due before year end after undergoing repairs

2013: Morupule B’s Unit 3 fails on boiler-related faults, leaving Units 1 and 4 the only operational at the power station

2013: Parliamentarians begrudgingly approve P1.1 billion in supplementary budget funding of the BPC, arising from costs of imported power and operations due to the non-availability of full Morupule B capacity

2014: Loadshedding of up to three hours returns in January in and around urban areas in Gaborone which the BPC attributes to faults and rainy weather.

2014: The 2014/15 budget proposes P1.5 billion for the BPC’s operations and maintenance, while an average 8.5 percent increase is also unveiled to kick off in April

2014: Morupule B completely shuts down for one week after Units 1 and 4 develop faults

2014: Government announces that Units 3 and 2 have been re-modified and will be restored to the national grid between April and May while Unit 4 will be restored in June. All units will be taken down in phases after winter for maintenance and reassessment

2014: Two units break down at Morupule B in early September, followed by the last two in October, forcing the BPC to completely rely on regional imports – mostly from Eskom – and the emergency diesel power. The collapse sees the intermittent return of loadshedding around the country

2014: At least one of the units at Morupule B sputters back to life in late October, easing the weight of power imports and purchases

2014: Media reports early in December say three units are operational at Morupule B, but with a combined capacity of only 300 megawatts instead of 600MW. The balance, reports say, is mainly sourced from South Africa and the region.

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