Ministry of Mineral Resources Green Technology and Energy (MMGE). The Ministry was established in 1973 as the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Water Affairs (MIRWA). The Ministry consisted of the Department of Geological Survey and Mining, Department of Water Affairs. There was a separation of Department of Mines from the Department of Geological Survey. DGS remained in Lobatse while DOM moved to Gaborone. The Energy portfolio was made part of the ministry mandate in 1984 hence the name changed to incorporate the Energy portfolio from MIRWA to Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR).
We provide policy, regulatory oversight and an enabling environment for the mining and energy sectors to ensure the sustainability, local participation and ongoing socio-economic development of Botswana. We do this through: Ensuring sustainable/responsible mineral exploitation and utilization; Promoting investment and diversification of mineral resources; Ensuring security of energy supply and through conventional and renewable sources; and Enabling the development and use of green technology in the advancement of mining and energy.
The Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security coordinates development and operational activities in the energy and minerals sector. The Ministry is made up of Corporate Services (Headquarters), departments of Mines, Energy, Mineral Affairs Division and parastatals; Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Botswana GeoScience Institute (BGI).
The Department of Energy, DoE officially transferred and handed over Petroleum Monitoring and Testing Facilities to the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority, BERA on the 27th September 2018 at Lobatse where the Regulator is located. The Principal Energy Engineer in the DoE responsible for Programme Development, Mr. Baruti Regoeng expressed hope in the success of the Authority as "the DoE was handing over the fixed laboratory facility with professionally sensitive facilities in it that carry aspects of accreditation of which determine the credibility of petroleum tests performed and without which the monitoring and testing reports lose their vigor. The facilities include a mobile testing facility which is equipped with all petroleum testing apparatus and thus able to test samples and produce reports on the spot regardless of geographic location."Upon receiving the Facilities, the Chief Executive Officer at BERA Ms Rose Seretse said "BERA was established in-terms of the Botswana Energy Regulatory Act of 2016 with the primary mandate of providing economic regulation of the energy sector and that the Authority is responsible for ensuring that the regulation of the energy sector is done in accordance with international best practice through setting and maintaining service standards." she added that BERA has so far tested fuel samples from seven filling stations and only one was found to be non-compliant which is impressive as the oil sector has largely been self regulating.The facilities included a fully equipped mobile laboratory and facilities that will be used for among others, testing fuel samples from filling stations and fuel depots for fuel quality adherence.
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