Freetown of late has been experiencing electricity shortage due to the low water of the Bumbuna hydro electrical plant and the ongoing construction of road networks, particularly in the west-end of the city.
Explaining the reasons for the shortage, Victor Wilson-Clarke, Public Relations Officer of the National Power Authority (NPA) said that “the major reason is the output of Bumbuna”. He added that during the commissioning of Bumbuna by President Koroma, it was made clear that during the dry seaons, the supply of electricity will decrease due to the water level.
The Public Relations Officer reiterated that up to Sunday 10 April, Bumbuna was producing 15-17 mega watts out of the expected 35-40 mega watts. Mr Wilson-Clarke noted that during the rains, the full output of Bumbuna is 50 mega watts.
He further stated that there are plans to augment the present status by the commissioning of the BADEA plant at Blackhall Road which will give 16 mega watts. Currently, he explained, the JICA machine is giving 10 mega watts to complement Bumbuna.
Other aspect that adds, he averred, is the road network construction that is ongoing. “There has been a lot of damaged cables, relocating transformers from one location to another to give access to the construction of the roads”.
He also explained that there has been rampant theft of electricity conductors, adding that 4020 metres of cables have been stolen in the east and west-end of the city.
The good news, he stressed, is that management has secured some quantities of conductors which we are presently utilizing to replace the stolen conductors.
He appealed to the public to be vigilant and be on the look out for people stealing NPA properties.
By Abibatu Kamara & Nancy Koroma