Morupule A previously generated enough power to supply up to 80% of Botswana's electricity consumption. Operations were terminated in 2013 when the Morupule B plant was put into operation. However, Morupule B no longer generates enough power to meet the country’s growing energy demand.
Doosan has secured the full modernisation contract for the 132-megawatt power plant from Botswana national energy company BPC. Scope of work includes the general overhaul of the existing 3 x 33MW steam turbines as well as the delivery of a brand new turbine and generator by Czech turbine specialist Doosan Škoda Power. The Pilsen-based company will locate the new equipment on the plant’s original foundations, replacing a fourth unit that was previously damaged.
This technically demanding and custom-made solution was preceded by several weeks’ laser scanning of the power plant machine hall by Doosan Škoda Power experts.
“The company is utilizing its considerable expertise in the field of steam turbine retrofit and modernization, which has been gained from projects of a similar nature in Finland, France, Bangladesh and Mexico,” says Stěpán Svoboda, Sales Manager for Doosan Škoda Power.
The first turbine will go into operation at the sub-Saharan power plant in 2017.