Govt floats tender to convert Orapa diesel plant

The Orapa turbines can use gas instead of diesel
The Orapa turbines can use gas instead of diesel

Government this week floated a tender inviting companies to express interest in the supply of gas to the Orapa 90 MW power station.

The dual fuel power station is currently running on diesel and the tender is part of plans to convert the plant to Coal Bed Methane (CBM). This is expected to reduce the cost of producing electricity at the power station by up to 60 percent. In a tender notice published in the Daily News on Wednesday, government said invitation was for the purposes of gauging the preparedness of local companies to supply gas on a trail basis.

Last year, the Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) flighted a similar invitation, but it was only limited to companies that already own CBM exploration rights in Botswana.

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