Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has started engaging Eskom to purchase the excess electricity supply generated during off-peak times (weekends) in order to protect their plants against load management fluctuations and also to ensure that surplus electricity has a secured market.
This comes after South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, in a national address on Monday night, announced that Eskom will now import power from neighbouring countries in southern Africa with excess power, such as Botswana and Zambia, through the southern African power pool arrangement. Read more
Through the Maduo26 strategy, a five-year plan launched last year, Botswana intends to achieve its vision of becoming “a regional benchmark in electricity supply” by 2026. Read more
So far, BPC said, it has been meeting local energy needs during off-peak hours. It is therefore “able to export excess power to the region,” the utility said in a statement.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal