Botswana - The Morupule B Power Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Oct 2009
Signature Date 27 May 2010
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2014
Last Disbursement Planned Date 01 Jul 2014
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 35,138,174.64
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Morupule B project is adopted as the least cost solution to guarantee electricity supply self sufficiency facing the many challenges in the energy sector in Botswana. The project consists in the construction of a 600 MW (4 x 150 MW) coal fired power plant and associated transmission infrastructure. The Morupule B plant should be located adjacent to the existing Morupule A plant, at a mine-mouth. It is of great strategic importance for Botswana as it will contribute to national energy security and improving the competitiveness of the national economy. The project costs, excluding custom taxes and duties, financing fees and Interest During Construction (IDC) on the ICBC-SB loan, are estimated at US$ 1,394.3 million (UA 905.4 million) based on cost estimates as at June 2009. It comprises five components: (i) Power Plant (including the fuel for commissioning); (ii) Water Supply System Development; (iii) Power Transmission System and Substations; (iv) Technical Assistance; and (v) Project Supervision & Management.

Project Objectives

The objective of the Morupule B project is to achieve energy generation self-sufficiency in order to substitute for rapidly declining electricity imports and thereby enhance the economic competitiveness of Botswana, fuel economic growth and diversification, and contribute to the poverty reduction objectives of the government.


The project will benefit the whole population, estimated at 1.8 million in 2008. The direct project beneficiaries are the households, mines and manufacturers and economic actors at large.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Botswana
Botswana Power Corporation (BPC)


IATI identifier 46002-P-BW-FA0-001
Last Update 27 Sep 2020


Contact Details

Name KANONDA Farai Epiphanius

Geographic Location

Country Botswana
Coordinates Location Name
-21.9661 27.9172 Selebi-Phikwe
-23.5833 26.5667 Mmamabula
-24.6545 25.9086 Gaborone
-22.4908 26.9812 Morupule
-24.6621 25.9216 Isang
-24.7623 25.7995 Gaborone
-24.1714 26.3691 Kgatleng
-23.2169 26.3254 Mahalapye
-23.1362 27.1433 Machaneng
-22.0005 26.5548 Serowe