Friday, March 31, 2023

Two more units restored at Morupule “B”

As Botswana Power Corporation BPC continues the battle to restore all the units at Morupule B power plant, at least two more units have been restored but are struggling to produce power at full scale.  

Spencer Moreri, the BPC spokesperson, explained that two more units were restored last Friday but are not at full capacity.

He expressed hope that by Monday this week, they will be operating at full capacity. “We are optimistic that the situation is now under control and we are doing our level best to ensure that we get the best out of our plant,” he said.

So far unit 2, 3 and 4 are producing power but 2 and 3 are not at full capacity.

Commenting on unit 1 which is still down, Moreri said it seems it may take some time to be restored because of certain complications which the engineers are busy fixing.

He stated that their wish is if those three units are fully running without any challenges that would be good as load shedding will a thing of the past even without unit 1 which has some challenges.

“The nation should be patient with us as BPC is doing its best to restore all the units to be in use,“ he said.

Moreri said unfortunately some parts of the country experienced load shedding last week due to Eskom which experienced some challenges, but the situation is now getting better.

He indicated that they did not anticipate whether there would be any load shedding but if there are any changes, the public would be notified.

The president of Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower BOCCIM, Lokwalo Mosienyane, said the nation should be patient with the power plant as it has to meet such teething challenges.

Mosianyane said though the plant has some challenges, it should be given time for all teething problems to be overcome.

“Let’s be patient enough, everything will be alright in due course” he said.

He expressed hope that good days are near and the country would soon no longer be talking about power cuts.


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