Energy boost for Botswana

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The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, have extended their existing 70 megawatts diesel power module contract for a further 12-months.

 
The American company has been supporting BPC through the provision of its turnkey diesel power modules since late 2009.  At the time, it was appointed to counteract electricity shortages driven by demand growth and supply constraints in the Southern Africa region.

 
BPC spokesperson, Oarabile Setlhabi confirmed the contract extension to Gazette Business. “The contract expired in December last year and it was renewed this year for a further year,” he said.

 
The APR deal provides an emergency power station to Botswana, which is used to support areas where there is shortage of power. The power station is located in Matshelagabedi village in the North East District.

 
APR Energy’s Chief Executive Officer John Campion was quoted in Biztech Africa as saying that the “announcement reflects our leading industry position in the region with 800MW of installed power capacity on the continent. Our 70MW facility in Francistown has been a key component of Botswana’s power generation infrastructure for four years, filling a critical gap in the country’s drive toward permanent energy sufficiency.”