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Botswana intends to sell off-peak power to South Africa.



Botswana Power Corporation announced plans to export its off-peak surplus electricity to South Africa (BPC).

Morupule A and B Power Plants have been in full operation for the past three months, dispatching an average of 580 MW to the national grid daily, meeting local energy needs during off-peak hours, according to the statement.

On Thursday, Minister of Minerals and Energy Lefoko Moagi told Radio Botswana in Gaborone that the national grid requires an average of 365 MW daily during off-peak hours and 580 MW during peak demand.

“As a result, we will be able to export excess power to South Africa,” said Lefoko.

The BPC has begun negotiations with Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned electricity utility, to sell excess electricity generated during off-peak hours (weekends) in order to protect the plants from load management fluctuations and to ensure that surplus electricity has a secure market.

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans on Monday to import electricity from neighboring countries to supplement the country’s limited energy supply.

With the Maduo26 strategy, a five-year plan unveiled last year, Botswana hopes to achieve its goal of becoming “a regional benchmark in power delivery” by 2026.

Botswana intends to sell off-peak power to South Africa.

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