Botswana investing $495M to extend power grid to northwest

The Botswana Power Corporation launched a $495 million electricity transmission project to build a line connecting the northwest of the country, a centre of copper mining and tourism, to the national grid, reports Reuters.

“The project will open an opportunity to reduce dependency on power imports from Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia as we shall have our own infrastructure to meet the local demand for electricity,” said BPC Chief Executive Stefan Schwarzfischer.

The first phase of the North-West Transmission Grid (NWTG) project will run from January 2018 to December 2019 and involve building substations and 500-kilometre transmission lines running from the 600 MW Morupule B Power Station to Maun, reports Mmegi.

The second phase will start in August 2019 and end in October 2020 and include construction of about 900 kilometres of line from the Phokoje substation near the South Africa border in the east, to the border tourist town of Kasane near the Zambezi River.

The project expected to provide grid access to all sectors of the economy should be completed in 2020.

Source: Reuters; Mmegi