New project to ease power woes for northern miners

Power shortages contributed to the demise of Boseto Mine
Power shortages contributed to the demise of Boseto Mine

MAUN: The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) is undertaking a multi million Pula power transmission lines project that is expected to address electricity woes of the base metals miners in the northern part of the country.

BPC officials recently addressed a Kgotla meeting in Maun where they revealed that the project would begin this financial year. BPC official, Enoc Rrampha said the project is divided into four phases being Lot 1, which is from Palapye to Letlhakane, Lot 2 from Letlhakane to Mawana, Lot 3 from Mawana to Toteng and Lot 4 from Toteng to Shakawe. He said Lot 4 also entails the design and construction of a high voltage line from Toteng to Shakawe and Toteng to Ghanzi with substations at Gumare and Shakawe.

BPC said the transmission line to Toteng will benefit the copper mining along the booming Kalahari copper belt.  The recently closed Boseto mine near Toteng owned by DML, has been constrained by lack of electricity supplies in the area since commisioning in 2012 forcing the mine to operate from a diesel generator. The mine reportedly spent P26 million monthly to fuel the diesel engine at Boseto. Another copper mining company, Khoemacau Copper Mining, formerly known as Hana Mining, has announced plans to start mining at its Somelo settlement site in 2016.

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