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Bostwana appeals to SA and Mozambique for power assistance

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Botswana has approached Mozambique and neighbouring South Africa for assistance in beating a looming power crisis, Energy Minister Eric Molale said on Friday 23 November 2018.

Molale said Botswana’s newly built power station, Morupule B, recently experienced technical challenges that resulted in three of its four generation units being non-functional.

Morale said at the moment only 136 megawatts (MW) is being produced locally against peak demand of 500MW.

He said the Botswana government has approached South African power utility Eskom and EDM power utility of Mozambique to supply the Botswana Power Corporation to meet the power deficit.

Botswana, which in the past had relied on imports to meet its electricity needs, has in recent years banked on Morupule B.

Reports indicate that the Chinese constructed power station has a problem with its boilers and heat exchanges.



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