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Orapa Power Station

The Orapa Power Station is a Peak load power generation plant located in the mining town of Orapa in northeastern Botswana in the Central District.[3] It is built within the Debswana Diamond Company Ltd Orapa diamond mine fenced leased area and is operated by the Botswana Power Corporation.

Orapa Power Station
Orapa Power Station
Orapa Power Station
Orapa Power Station
Orapa Power Station (Botswana)
Central District
CoordinatesCoordinates: 21°19′06″S 25°25′03″E / 21.31833°S 25.41750°E / -21.31833; 25.41750
Commission date2011[1]
Operator(s)Botswana Power Corporation
Thermal power station
Primary fuelNatural Gas[2]
Tertiary fuelDiesel
Power generation
Make and modelGE LM6000 Sprint Simple Cycle
Nameplate capacity90 MW
Annual net outputN/A (Peaking power plant)
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The plant construction was initiated when Botswana started experiencing electricity supply challenges from year 2007 when demand for electricity in the country started exceeding the county's electricity generation capacity leading to forced periodic nation wide load shedding excises by the Botswana Power Corporation. The plant was a short term response to the mining industry electricity requirements[4] prior to the development of Mmamabula and Morupule B power stations.

The plant site is located next to an electrical substation through which it connects to the national grid and was designed to use either natural gas or diesel as fuel. It was commissioned using diesel with a planned conversion to natural gas once construction of a gas pipeline from nearby gas fields was complete and commissioned.[5]


The plant consists of two 45MW GE LM6000 Sprint Simple Cycle gas turbines fueled using diesel.[6] The energy produced is transferred to the national grid via the interconnected Orapa Substation by use of two short 132kV overhead power lines.

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  1. ^ Orapa Power Plant
  2. ^ Orapa Power Station Report
  3. ^ "Mmegi Online :: Orapa power plant to be finally launched". Mmegi Online. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  4. ^ Developers of Orapa's 90MW push for 60 % cost reduction
  5. ^ Kalahari Energy to convert diesel Orapa Power Plant to CBM operation
  6. ^ "BPC gets Orapa 90MW Power Station | Sunday Standard". Retrieved 2018-09-29.