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MATSHELAGABEDI PLANT READY FOR POWER EMERGENCIES
26/10/15
MATSHELAGABEDI PLANT READY FOR POWER EMERGENCIES
MATSHELAGABEDI PLANT READY FOR POWER EMERGENCIES
The Minister of Minerals Energy and Water Resources Onkokame Kitso Mokaila on the 21’st of October 2015 toured the Matshelagabedi Emergency Backup power station. This power plant is meant to feed in to the national grid at times of power shortage. When briefing the Honorable Minister, The plant Engineer Mr. Kenneth Syanjibu said the plant has two divisions being the 70 megawatts side and the rented 35 megawatts side and in all the plant produces a total of 105 megawatts which is served in to the national grid. He went on to explain that since it is a backup plant, it is only switched on, on the call from the national control center which monitors the country power usage round the clock. He further explained that the plant is powered by Diesel and when running a load of 70mw it consumes 21000liters of diesel per hour.
Honorable Minister Mokaila explained that the country has been experiencing shortage of power particularly during the winter season, and the Ministry has been working around the clock looking at other avenues hence backup plant such as Matshelagabedi. Mokaila further explained that though the power cuts at current situation have been since improved because it is summer and the demand of power is at minimal, Morupule B is fully operational and supply is not suppressed by demand, furthermore he said the Ministry is working hard to be prepared for next winter season to have emergency plants. The plant was commissioned in 2009 and bought by BPC this year 1’st of January 2015 and the expansion side was commissioned in September this year.
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