National power utility company, Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has contracted digital industrial company ÔÇô GE Power for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of its energy management system located at the principal grid control center in the capital Gaborone and the back-up control center in the second city – Francistown.
GE Power, a New York Stock Exchange quoted company is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption.
If successfully implemented, the project is expected to improve BPC’s customer service, reduce down-time and improve the utility’s revenue collection.
GE Power’s Grid Solutions business provides complete, engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations to power generation companies, utilities, and industries, bringing together the right mix of high-voltage products through expert engineering and full project management. GE has designed and implemented over 1,700 substation projects in the last 10 years.
With about 70 percent of the country’s population having access to electricity, Botswana is currently focused on the digital transformation of its grid network to enhance reliable access for its people.
Meanwhile the BPC Chief Executive Dr. Stefan Schwarzfischer said, the functionalities of the new platform will improve customer services by leveraging on BPC’s existing customer call system, reduce down-time, and improve revenue collection as well as overall customer satisfaction.
“Once the project is completed, BPC will benefit from a single platform for both Gaborone and Francistown”, said Schwarzfischer.