Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Business

Power struggle

Power struggle
TROUBLED: Morupule B

Morupule B troubles lead to an increase in power importation

The latest data from Statistics Botswana (SB) indicates that during the second quarter of the year, the physical volume of imported electricity increased by 31.1 percent.

Imported electricity during the second quarter of 2021 shows an increase of 31.1 percent or 109,923 MegaWatt Hour (MWH), from 353,248 MWH during the first quarter of 2021 to 463,171 MWH during the current quarter.

Although there are fluctuations in physical volumes of imported electricity, it has been observed that generally importation of electricity shows a downward trend.

This is said to be an indication that the country’s continued effort to generate adequate electricity to meet demand is bearing fruits, hence the decreased reliance on electricity imports.

Botswana imported 47.8 percent of electricity distributed locally during the second quarter of 2021.

The bulk of this came from the South African power utility, Eskom which contributed 57.8 percent of the total power that Botswana imported.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) accounted for 17.8 percent, while the remaining 15.6, 4.6, and 4.2 percent were sourced from ZESCO (Zambia), Nampower (Namibia), and Cross-border electricity markets.

A cross-border electricity market is an arrangement whereby towns and villages along the border are supplied with electricity directly from neighbouring countries such as Namibia and Zambia.

Regarding local power generation, the physical volume of electricity produced locally decreased by 14.3 percent, or 84,586 MWH, from 589,899 MWH during the first quarter of 2021 to 505,313 MWH during the period under review.

The decline is reported to have been caused by operational challenges at Morupule B.

While electricity importation increased, it has been observed that electricity generated locally contributed 52.2 percent to power distributed during the second quarter of the year, compared to a contribution of 46.8 percent during the same period last year. This is an increase of 5.4 percent.

However, compared with the first quarter of 2021, figures show that the contribution of electricity generated to electricity distributed decreased by 10.3 percentage points compared to the 62.5 percent contribution of locally generated electricity during the first quarter of 2021 to 52.2 percent currently.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

*Former spy chief spends another night at SSG holding cells

News

Two men were burnt beyond recognition last Friday morning in Maun after a Mercedes Benz vehicle they were driving in veered off the road...

News

Police have confirmed the death of a 9-year-old girl suspected to have accidentally throttled herself with a swing string at Molepolole’s Lesetlheng ward last...

News

VIOLENT HUSBAND IN COURT FOR GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM An aggressive Zimbabwean man appeared before Francistown Magistrate Court on Tuesday charged with causing grievous bodily...

News

I want to hug Jesus-The General tells friends before killing himself Botswana Police are investigating another case in which one of their officers, a...

Sports

Following uncertainty over this year’s Botswana Sports Awards, Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) has finally cleared the air announcing the 19th or 26th of...

Politics

Member of Parliament for Selibe Phikwe West, Dithapelo Keorapetse, has assured the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) members of a better future ahead following...

News

Palapye Labour Officers to appear in court over Makoro Bricks case Two Palapye District Labour Office employees will appear before Justice Diwanga of Francistown...

News

•Boy 14, uses dad’s loaded gun to kill 6 -year -old sister A father whose six-year-old daughter died in a shooting accident by her...

News

Balopi says emergency meeting was for Bye election preparations Botswana Democratic Party’s Secretary General, Mpho Balopi, has come to the defence of his party...

News

REPORTS THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO COMMISSIONER Botswana Miners Workers Union has reported the Palapye District Labour Office to the Commissioner of Labour Goitseone Kokorwe....

News

Mother withdraws maintenance case after son’s poisoning A distraught mother, Boitumelo Mompati, this week withdrew a child maintenance case from Extension II Magistrate court...

News

The City of Francistown and AMA Future of Africa Holding (Pty) Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for the establishment of an...

News

PRINCE HARRY CONDEMNS DRILLING FOR OIL IN THE OKAVANGO DELTA, MOBILISES THE WORLD TO STOP IT One of the most powerful men in the...

News

*Lions terrorise Sepako farmers *10 cows killed within four days The human-wildlife conflict has reached an all-time high in Sepako, a village 50km north-east...

News

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Councillor for Medie/Kweneng, Edwin Shanakane, on Monday appeared before Molepolole Magistrates’ Court charged with defilement. Shanakane, 37, is accused of...

Advertisement

Copyright © TheVoiceBW. (Since1993) made with ❤️ in Botswana.