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GE Power’s Grid Solution business has announced that it has signed its first contract with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). The contract includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a SCADA/Energy Management system at the principal grid control centres in BPC’s headquarters in Gaborone, as well as the back-up control centre in Francistown. 

GE grid solutionsGE Power’s Grid Solutions business provides complete, engineered solutions for high voltage (HV) substations, bringing together a mix of high-voltage products through engineering and full project management. GE has designed and implemented over 1 700 substation projects over the last 10 years.

The functionalities of the GE platform will improve BPC’s customer service, reduce down-time, and improve revenue collection. Once the project is completed, BPC will have a single platform for both Gaborone and Francistown.

“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,” says Lazarus Angbazo, CEO, GE Grid Solutions, sub-Saharan Africa.

“GE Power’s Digital Energy software portfolio – including Advanced EMS – enables us to support new customers like BPC in parts of the world where portions of the population still need access to electricity. We are inspired by the digital strategies that BPC has created to ensure its communities grow and thrive in a time of intensive change and opportunity within the energy sector,” adds Steven Martin, Chief Digital Officer at GE Power.

Only around 70% of Botswana’s population currently has access to electricity. As a result, the country is focused on the digital transformation of its grid network to increase reliable access.

Angbazo points out that with the extended IT/OT integration, more interconnected networks and further regional integration, there is a need for the renewal of many existing Energy Management Systems to achieve better monitoring and asset management across the various power pools in Africa. “GE technology will bring reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity, using cutting edge digital solutions while powering the country forward.”

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