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Botswana’s NWTGC project to complete by December 2019 [free access]

September 2, 2019

As per latest news reports, 73 per cent works have been completed for the Botswana Power Corporation’s (BPC) North West Transmission Grid Connection (NWTGC) project, which is expected to be completed by December 2019.

 

The BWP2.4 billion project comprises two phases. Phase I involves the construction of the over 500-km-long, 400 kV Morupule B to Maun line via Orapa, and the 400/220 kV Orapa and Maun substations; the 220 kV Maun–Toteng line and the 220/132 kV Toteng substation; and 132 kV lines to connect Toteng to Gantsi, Gumare and Shakawe, along with the associated 132/33 kV substations.

 

Phase II involves the construction of the 230-km-long, 400 kV Phokoje–Dukwi line, a 400/132/ kV substation at Dukwi, the 289-km-long 400 kV Dukwi–Pandamatenga line, a 400/330/220/132 kV substation at Pandamatenga; a 220 kV line from Pandamatenga to the Kazungula, Lesoma and agricultural development zones and various 220/33 kV substations; and 132 kV lines from Dukwi to connect Mosetse and Nata, along with associated 132/33 kV substations.

 

The aim of the project is to ensure power supply across the country and specifically to cities that do not have electricity access. The NWTGC project will also reduce dependency on power imports from its neighbouring countries—Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

 

(BWP1=USD0.09)