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APR Energy commissions new Botswana project, Senegal expansion

APR Energy. Botswana project.
APR Energy provided 70MW of reliable electricity to Botswana’s national grid to counteract power shortages. Pic credit: APR Energy

Today, APR Energy plc, US-based power solutions provider, announced the completed installation and commissioning of its new two-year, 35MW project for Botswana Power Corporation (BPC).

In the same statement, the company also announced its work on the 48MW expansion of its existing project for Senelec, Senegal’s national electric utility.

The Botswana project, which was contracted on 27 May, builds on a relationship that began in 2010, when BPC contracted APR Energy to develop a 70MW solution to supplement electricity being imported from neighbouring countries.

While that plant was later sold to the utility in 2014, BPC again approached APR Energy when it needed additional generating capacity.

Generation capacity challenges

Franklin Modisenyane, BPC’s Expansion Project Chairperson, explained: “Botswana is currently faced with electrical power supply challenges, and load shedding is the order of the day as a result.

“This additional 35MW will go a long way toward alleviating the situation.”

Modisenyane added: “APR demonstrated a high level of professionalism. Quality is key and safety standards are held high. Working with a dedicated project manager made it possible to deliver the project on time.”

In Senegal, the addition of 48MW of new generating capacity includes diesel power modules redeployed from Libya. The expansion, which was announced 9 July, increases installed capacity for Senelec to 68MW.

APR Energy in Africa

The Company is currently contracted to provide approximately 300MW of generating capacity across Africa. These include projects for electric utilities in Angola and Mali as well as to support development of a major industrial facility in Egypt.

Laurence Anderson, chief executive officer of APR Energy, said: “I want to congratulate our installation and commissioning teams for demonstrating our commitment to operational excellence and customer satisfaction by quickly bringing this new [BPC] capacity on line.

“These vital projects will help to raise the quality of life for people in Botswana and Senegal in a number of ways, such as supporting local medical facilities and schools.”

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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