19 February 2010 – APR Energy (APR) is pleased to announce that its latest power plant has recently commenced commercial operation. The 70MW/ 11kV power project is located approximately 30 kilometers outside of Francistown, in eastern Botswana. The power facility was installed by APR Energy and will continue to be operated and maintained by APR throughout the length of the contract with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). Power from the Francistown power project will be delivered from the plant to the regional primary power grid, known as the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP). Out of all the plants in use by the 14 SAPP member utilities, APR’s Francistown power project is the largest temporary power plant of its kind to be connected.
In a recent State of the Nation address, President Lieut. Gen. Ian Khama of Botswana declared that “energy sufficiency (in Botswana) is an urgent priority” and the APR power facility was one of several immediate interventions being utilized to reduce the impact of the current power deficit affecting Botswana as well as most of Southern and Sub- Saharan Africa.
APR has supplied turnkey power plants similar to the Francistown power project at remote locations all over the world. These fast- track power projects in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia utilize various technologies and fuel solutions as well as state of the art monitoring and controls systems.
“Our recent project in Botswana is a prime example of how APR is constantly striving to apply the most advanced technologies and techniques to every power plant we install and operate,” said David Dorman, Project Manager for the Francistown, Botswana Power Project. “To have the ability to rapidly mobilize and commence operation of a 70MW power plant in such a remote location is truly a credit to APR’s innovations in the field of power generation.”