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BPC goes digital

Publishing Date : 23 July, 2018

Author : TSAONE SEGAETSHO

Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has finally sealed a deal with NYSE-listed company General Electric (GE)’s subsidiary GE Power in a move that the two establishments believe will help the local corporation to provide energy users access to affordable energy services and improve its grid efficiency.


 The contract comes with GE Power providing BPC with hi-tech software that will ensure efficiency in service provision to the corporation’s customers. According to GE Power after the signing of the deal recently, the contract will include the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of an energy management system at the principal grid control centers at BPC headquarters in Gaborone and the back-up control centre in Francistown.


GE Power says about 70 percent Botswana’s population having access to electricity; the country is currently focused on the digital transformation of its grid network to enhance reliable access for its people. The NYSE-listed company believes it will bring reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity, using cutting edge digital solutions while powering the country forward.


BPC CEO Stefan Schwarzscher at the contract signing ceremony said the GE Power new technology will improve customer services by leveraging the corporation’s existing customer call system. He said it will reduce down-time, improve revenue collection as well as overall customer satisfaction. “Once the project is completed, BPC will benefit from single platform for both Gaborone and Francistown,” he said.


GE Power will use an energy management system (EMS) system of computer-aided tools used by operators of electric utility grids to monitor, control, and optimize the performance of the generation and/or transmission system. “GE technology will bring reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity, using cutting edge digital solutions while powering the country forward,” said CEO of GE Grid Solutions in Sub-Sahara Africa, Lazarus Angbazo.


Angbazo further stated that the project will assist Botswana to embark on its digital transformation process and will further expand GE’s leadership on the Energy Management Systems market in Southern Africa where more than 50% of the transmission utilities are relying on GE’s advanced EMS solution slatform to operate their networks.


In 2014 at the former US President Barack Obama’s US-Africa Leaders Summit where GE was hosting African and global government officials, policy experts, NGOs entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conference on investment,  infrastructure, and innovation in Africa, the company announced that it will invest $2 billion in facility development, skills training, and sustainability initiatives across Africa by 2018.

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