Load-shedding returns after seven years

The latest situation is a painful reminder for consumers of the dark days between 2012 and 2015
The latest situation is a painful reminder for consumers of the dark days between 2012 and 2015

Large parts of the country were plunged into darkness on Thursday, after generation at the two Morupule power stations dropped, resulting in the first loadshedding in the country since 2015.

On Thursday, the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) spent the better part of the morning publishing extensive lists of outages which it said were related to forced outages at “power generation plants” and the shortage of electricity in the region as a whole.

BPC spokesperson, Dineo Seleke told Mmegi that the national demand for electricity was 575 megawatts (MW) versus total supply of 440MW, a figure made up of internal generation, local emergency diesel generators and power imports.

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