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Executive Summary for Electricity in Botswana

Electricity in Botswana - The electricity sector in Botswana has been hampered by both low access to power by the population, and an extremely limited generating capacity. In the past the small generating capacity has been compensated for by the ready import of power from South Africa. However a power shortage in the latter means that exports are being significantly curtailed so that several countries in the Southern African Power Pool including Botswana must increase their own generating capacity to compensate. Capacity is being expanded with a major new power plant using Chinese contractors, but the project is behind schedule, and the Botswana Power Corporation is having to use emergency diesel generation to meet the shortfall. Over the medium term there are plans for further significant capacity expansion so that all demand can be met from within Botswana and that, potentially, Botswana could use its coal reserves to become an exporter of power. Plans to attract independent power producers will depend on an overhaul of the regulatory framework, currently underway, and the establishment of electricity tariffs determined by market rates. If this can be achieved then the Botswana appears to offer opportunities for a range of both generation, transmission and distribution projects.

Botswana has established itself as one of the most stable democracies in Southern Africa. Botswana has major coal reserves and one of the highest solar intensities in the continent.

Key features of this report

• An overview of the electricity market in Botswana.

• Power supply data covering production, imports and exports and the main production sources.

• Power demand data by market sector and tariff data.

• An overview of the structure of the electricity sector with government and private sector companies as well as the regulatory status.

• Power demand forecasts and the development of the power sector to meet expected growth.

• Transmission system expansion plans.

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Report Title
Electricity in Botswana
Report Subtitle
Country profile of power market trends and investment opportunities
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Publication Date
December 2013
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