In a communiqué issued yesterday 8th September the National Power Authority has disclosed that, “the Bumbuna Hydro Power is 95% completed” and “the only remaining already in progress”.
The communiqué further stated that, NPA is working day and night to ensure that the generating plants are working by constantly carrying out maintenance and repairing the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) facilities.
The communiqué called on customers to rely on information from NPA and not other sources that would distort the correct information flow to the public.
It also disclosed that, the power supply is in good shape and the Global Trading Group (GTG) contract supplying 15 Mega Watts (MW) will not expire until December, 19th 2008.
In the GTG contract the release states, there are clauses that give the government the option for an extension, for about 3-6 months or even a year. Furthermore the release noted that that clause was put into the contract to give the flexibility for a smooth transition from GTG to Bumbuna Power Supply.
In addition to this, the communiqué revealed that, there is the JICA Project which consists of 2 projects: the first phase being the construction of a primary sub-station at Regent and also the transmission lines from Kingtom power station to the Regent primary sub-station.
The second phase the release revealed will involve the installation of a 10 MW machine at Kingtom which will significantly increase the electricity supply in the western area.
The communiqué disclosed that there is also the BADEA project which will consist of a 17and half MW engine for which construction work will start soon.
It also added that it is worth noting that currently there is 15 MW of electricity capacity that has not been installed or connected to the network, and work to install this capacity will soon begin.
As already mentioned, the communiqué pointed out that, NPA have 15 MW of uninstalled capacity from Income Electrix, adding that when that capacity is installed it will increase our total output capacity to 117.5MW.
The communiqué further stated that when President Koroma took office there was only 5MW of electric capacity in Freetown and within 90 days of his assumption 15MW from GTG was installed at Kingtom which further increased power supply by 300%.
Within the same period, 10MW was installed at Blackhall Road which will further increase our electricity by another 200%, stating that, the JICA project will further increase our electricity capacity by 10MW bringing a total capacity of 35MW.
Bumbuna Hydro’s 50MW will soon come within the next 6 months, and put together this will give a total of 85MW states the communiqué.
It was also pointed out that, as if that is not enough, there is also the BADEA project which will also gives an additional 17.5 MW culminating in an increased capacity to 102.5 MW.
The communiqué further noted that there is no country in the world in modern history that has increased its electricity supply in such a rapid pace in a very short time.