No adverse effects on environment - BPC study

No adverse effects on environment - BPC study
Published: 08 March 2005

Botswana - an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for the expansion of the Morupule Power station, situated 4km west of Palapye, had shown no serious impact on the environment. A senior official of the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) Mothusi Lebala announced results of the study at a workshop on the "use of Fly Ash as a construction material" Tuesday. He said the results meant that the corporation would go ahead with the expansion of the power station, as this will no negative impact on the environment. Regarding air pollution, Lebala said BPC was still within the required limits of air pollution.

On other issues, Lebala said fly ash, a residue that results from the combustion of pulverised coal, is not in high demand because only one construction company, PPC buys fly ash to make cement. He said out of the 8000t of fly ash they produce, an average of 30 per cent is consumed by PPC Construction Company, adding that there have been some plans to increase their fly ash storage tanks. Regarding the selling price, Lebala said they are selling fly ash at a give away price, which is less that P5 per bag.