Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) wants Eskom to buy its off-peak generated power since electricity can’t be stored on any scale and fluctuation can put a strain on generators.
“BPC has therefore started engaging Eskom to purchase the excess electricity supply generated during off-peak times (weekends) in order to protect our plants against load management fluctuations and also to ensure that surplus electricity has a secured market,” BPC said in a statement.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an intention to import electricity from neighbouring countries to supplement South Africa’s constrained power supply.
“Neighbouring countries in southern Africa, such as Botswana and Zambia, have more electricity capacity than they require for their economies. Eskom will now import power from these countries through the southern African power pool arrangement.” President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
Meanwhile, Botswana intends to achieve its vision of becoming a regional benchmark in electricity supply by 2026 through the Maduo26 strategy, a five-year plan launched last year.
BPC also mentioned that it has been meeting local energy needs during off-peak hours. It is, therefore, able to export excess power to the region.