GE Power’s Grid Solution business, a subsidiary of the multinational power company GE, has this week announced the signing of its first contract with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC, a state-owned electricity distributor.
The deal is part of the Southern African nation’s commitment to provide its energy users with access to affordable energy services. The contract, which was unveiled this July but signed on May 24th, 2018, will also help Botswana improve its grid efficiency.
GE Power is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption. The group has operations in over 150 countries across the globe.
GE Power’s Grid Solutions business provides engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations to power generation companies, utilities, and industries. GE has designed and implemented over 1,700 substation projects in the last 10 years.
The deal with Botswana, for instance, includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a SCADA/Energy Management system at the principal grid control centers in Botswana Power Corporation’s (BPC) headquarters in Gaborone and the back-up control center in Francistown.
“The functionalities of this platform will improve customer services by leveraging our existing customer call system, reduce down-time, improve revenue collection as well as overall customer satisfaction,” said Dr. Stefan Schwarzfischer, Chief Executive Officer for Botswana Power Corporation at the contract signing ceremony.
“Once the project is completed, BPC will benefit from a single platform for both Gaborone and Francistown,” he explained.
With about 70% of the country’s population having access to electricity, Botswana is currently focused on the digital transformation of its grid network to enhance reliable access for its people.
“GE technology will bring reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity, using cutting edge digital solutions while powering the country forward,” Lazarus Angbazo, CEO of GE Grid Solutions, Sub-Saharan Africa, explained.
“This project marks the beginning of a rewarding partnership with BPC, reinforces GE’s commitment to support the government of Botswana in its digital transformation process and will further expand GE’s leadership on the Energy Management Systems market in Southern Africa where more than 50% of the Transmission utilities are relying on GE’s Advanced Energy Management System (EMS) Solution Platform to operate their networks,” he said.