Botswana plans to build 29 billion yuan in transmission lines to connect the northwestern region
Botswana Electric Power Co. announced a few days ago that it will spend 4.8 billion Pula (about 29 billion yuan) to build a transmission line linking the northwest to the national grid.
The northwestern region of Botswana, a copper resource center and a tourist attraction in Botswana, currently relies heavily on the import of electricity from neighboring countries, Namibia, Zimbabwe or Zambia. Large local companies use high-cost, highly polluting diesel generators to provide electricity.
Stefan Schwarzfischer, chief executive of Botswana Electric Power Co., said the construction of the transmission line will provide an opportunity for local reduction of import dependency.
Stefan Schwarzfischer said, "We should have our own infrastructure to meet the domestic electricity needs and this transmission line project will promote the economic and social development in the areas along the line."