APR Energy signs 35MW Botswana power generation deal

APR pens 35MW Botswana power generation dealAPR Energy has signed a contract with the Botswana Power Corporation to provide the country with 35MW of electricity over a two-year period

Under the terms of the deal, which was signed with Botswana’s national energy utility the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), APR will build and operate a fast-track, turnkey power plant outside the country’s second-largest city, Francistown.

To be located adjacent to BPC’s existing 70MW facility, APR said the new plant is scheduled for commissioning in Q3 2015 and will feature diesel power modules from the firm’s former project in Libya.

Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa are trying to close a gap between demand for power and the grid’s ability to supply, and this project will bring APR’s installed capacity for BPC to 105MW, having originally constructed the existing facility in Francistown.

“There continue to be power shortages in southern Africa as a result of rising demand for electricity within the Southern African Power Pool,” said Ranjit Singh, managing director for APR Energy in Africa. “With our operating presence in Angola with two power plants and our extensive experience in Botswana and elsewhere on the continent, we are well-positioned to take advantage of additional opportunities that may arise in the region.”

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