SA signs new power deal with Botswana

South Africa’s state-run elecricity supplier Eskom and the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) will ink the pact on Monday in the capital Gaborone, BPC public relations officer Tlhomamiso Selato said.

Under the agreement, Eskom will source electricity from the five-billion-dollar Mmamabula power station being built in eastern Botswana and due to be up and running in 2008, he said.

he coal-fired power station will export most of its electricity to help alleviate an anticipated shortfall in southern Africa by 2009 due to burgeoning demand.

Eskom has said it will have to boost generation by 2,000 megawatts every year for the next two decadd in Africa’s largest economy.

It has said it is keen to import Mmambula’s entire output of 3,600 megawatts.

Late last year, the 14-nation Southern African Development Community regional bloc warned that the current electricity generation surplus would run out after 2007 if no fresh investments were made in the sector.

The head of a SADC committee of power utilities had said a regional investment plan over the next 20 years would require some eight billion dollars (6.6 billion euros). ‘ AFP.

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