National utility Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has signed a contract with General Electric Power to use its grid control centre software platform. The deal was signed on 24 May but announced on 9 July. GE Power will design, supply, install, test and commission an energy management system at BPC’s headquarters in Gaborone and back-up control centre in Francistown.

BPC chief executive Stefan Schwarzfischer said that, “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. Once the project is completed, BPC will benefit from a single platform for both Gaborone and Francistown.”

As well as improving grid efficiency, the new system is intended to help the country operate more effectively within the regional Southern African Power Pool by providing better monitoring and asset management.

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