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BPC rebuffs P3 billion bid from Koreans

BPC can’t afford Morupule A refurbishment

There is no immediate solution in sight for the current power supply crisis in the country and it appears Batswana have to prepare to live in the dark for quite some time because Morupule A which the government is banking on to produce more electricity next year is not being refurbished at the moment.


Information reaching the WeekendPost suggests that the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has turned down a Korean company which was qualified to do the refurbishment of the power station due to financial constraints and the refurbishment tender has not been awarded as yet.


“We thank you for the submission of your tender for the Morupule A refurbishment Project. We regret to inform you that the Tender No 8665/12-14 which you and KOSEP kindly submitted have been nullified as no advantageous tender has been acceptable in view of both the technical and the financial requirements for the refurbishment project,” the BPC letter to SK Engineering and Construction co, Ltd, reads in part.


The Power station as promised by the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila is to supply 90 Mega Watts of electricity next year and 70 mega watts of such power is to be delivered though the refurbishment project.


Nonetheless, the company, SK Engineering and Construction, which was favoured to get the works done, has been turned down because it demanded a payment of about P3 billion for the refurbishment Exercise which the Corporation could not afford.


 “Your technical offer was found to be responsive to the technical requirements specified in the tender documents, however, your financial offer was not acceptable to BPC. As such the Re-tender process did not result in a commercially viable project outcome hence the nullification,” read the BPC letter which was signed by the Project Manager, Jimmy Ketlhabantswe.


Further information gathered by this publication suggests that the refurbishment works cannot take a working period of less than two years, thus casting doubt that Morupule A would be ready to supply the much needed electricity by next year.


The country’s troubled power utility, BPC, is unable to meet electricity demand and it started the tortuous schedule of rolling blackouts known as load shedding in 2013.


As Batswana were getting used to checking power reports the same way they do weather forecasts, the Minister responsible for Energy supplies, Kitso Mokaila promised them recently that the government would have finalised the government’s energy security master plan which involves refurbishing the Morupule A power station by 2016.


The BPC Public relations unit was yet to respond to the questions relating to the refurbishment tender at the time of going to print.

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