Tender issued for Botswana power plant

In an effort to address power shortage problems, the government of Botswana has issued a tender notice inviting bids to develop a 300 MW coal-fired power plant.

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources on Thursday said the government wants the plant to deliver power to the grid by 2016 and by 2019 at the latest.

This year, Botswana was hit by perennial power cuts after the new 600 MW Morupule B power station was beset by difficulties and failed to go into operation.

With the deadline for submissions slated for November, the government expects to determine its IPP procurement process from January 2014.

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