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Gov’t sabotages citizen planned power station

Publishing Date : 19 January, 2017

Author : UTLWANANG GASENNELWE

Kanye local, Phenyo Thekeleza

Government is expected to float a tender for a 100 Mega Watts (mw) solar power station that will be constructed near Jwaneng, Weekend Post has established.

This comes at the backdrop of a citizen owned company that has already stated its intentions of building another power plant in Kanye, anticipated to produce 700 MW.

Government through the Department of Energy at the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) has written a letter to Southern District Council (SDC) requesting for land to erect the solar power plant.

The other power plant initiated by a Kanye local, Phenyo Thekeleza, who revealed to this publication that he had a P11 billion investor would be situated in Kanye once logistics were finalised with government. The plant has already secured land and a memorandum of agreement has been signed with the Bathoen II Trust for the 1000 hectares land.

It is understood that one of the main challenges facing the government project is the acquisition of land and preparation of the project site by the ministry.  Therefore MMEWR wants land and possible conditions that may go with it from the SDC which has land rights of the site earmarked for the project.

“MMEWR is in the process of undertaking a100mw solar power plant project as one of its initiatives of developing a low carbon energy portfolio and as well as contributing to ensuring that the country meets its energy requirements,” said a letter from the Department of Energy to SDC.

According to the department, MMEWR has commenced the process of procuring an Independent Power Producer (IPP), who will design, develop, finance, construct, own, operate and maintain the power plant.

It is understood that the discussion of the 2 power plants has reached cabinet through Minister of Agriculture and Kanye North legislator Patrick Pule Ralotsia.  

The energy generated by the power plant is to be sold to Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). 

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