ACTOM to supply high-voltage equipment for 120MW solar project in Botswana

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  • ACTOM High Voltage Equipment has secured a contract to supply and deliver high-voltage equipment for the Selebi-Phikwe Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant, currently under construction in Botswana. 
  • The 120MW solar photovoltaic facility is being developed by the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Norwegian IPP Scatec.

Casbah Zwane, Divisional Chief Executive Officer at ACTOM High Voltage Equipment, explains that the company successfully responded to a request for proposals last year and signed the contract in late November for phase 1 of the project, which will see 60MW of solar power capacity installed at the plant.

“The scope of our contract is to supply and deliver the full range of 220kV high-voltage equipment for the grid connection scope of the project, where power generated by the solar farm will be stepped up and fed into BPC’s electricity network,” he says.

Zwane says that ACTOM High Voltage Equipment will be sourcing the equipment from its technology partners in Spain, India, and China, as this voltage equipment is not manufactured locally. He adds that the manufacturing of these components has already started and should be delivered to the project by the end of September 2024.

“By relying on our global technology partners, we have shown that we can diversify our supply chain to meet the demands of the current energy environment. We have the capacity to deliver, via a diverse supply chain network and manufacturing options, as we are not just limited to our factories in South Africa,” he says.

Zwane notes that one of ACTOM High Voltage Equipment’s main differentiators which helped it secure the contract, is that it can supply these components within the project’s very tight time frames.

“That really gave us the competitive advantage over our rivals and was an even more important differentiator than pricing. We have demonstrated that if the demand requires it, we can leverage the various factories that are part of our global network,” he says.

While there is no formal aftersales or operation & maintenance contract in place with BPC, Zwane says ACTOM High Voltage Equipment is positioned to assist the power generation, transmission and distribution entity with maintenance, repair and replacement of the equipment supplied to the project.

“One of our other main differentiators is that we have the capacity to support the end customer, in this case BPC, with aftersales services, including maintenance of equipment for the life of the plant. This gives us a significant competitive advantage,” Zwane concludes.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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