Business 26.7.2016 04:11 pm

Botswana power imports up as power generation falls

Picture: Thinksctock

Picture: Thinksctock

In its latest ‘Electricity Generation and Distribution Brief’, Statistics Botswana said power imports increased in the first quarter of 2016.

The volume of electricity imported by the Botswana Power Corporation rose by 16.1% as the internal power generation index dropped by 37.1%, from 167.8% in the last quarter of 2015 to 105.5 in the first quarter of 2016, new statistics have revealed.

In its latest “Electricity Generation and Distribution Brief”, Statistics Botswana said power imports increased in the first quarter of 2016 as the power utility tried to make up for plant failures which led to frequent breakdowns at the Morupule B Power Station.

“During the first quarter of 2016, the volume of imported electricity amounted to 523,736 MWH, when compared to 451, 092 MWH recorded during the same quarter in 2015. This represented an increase of 16.1 percent. The index of electricity generation stood at 105.5, reflecting a year-on-year decrease of 14.5 percent when compared to 123.4 recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2015.

“The quarter-on-quarter electricity generation index fell by 37.1 percent when compared to the preceding quarter. This decrease was largely influenced by plant failures at the Morupule B power station which occurred during the months of February and March 2016. At the end of the quarter, only one unit was in operation, while the rest were undergoing remedial works,” the official statistics agency said.

The volume of electricity distributed also fell, from the 1 041 132 Megawatts Per Hour recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 967 364 MWH in the first quarter of 2016. Local power generation contributed 45.9 of the national power requirement in the first quarter of 2016, representing a 13% quarterly drop from its 67.7% contribution rating in the last quarter of 2015.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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