Freetown and its surroundings are currently facing an intermittent power cut due to the shutting down of the Bumbuna hydro plant in Kalasongaya Chiefdom in the Tonkolili District. The Bumbuna Hydro Plant Project commissioned about six months ago by President Koroma is facing another set- back resulting to the shutting down of the machines connected to the turbines that generate electricity bought by the National Power Authority (NPA) to supply Freetown and its environs.
According to the Minister Prof. Ogunlade Davidson the Bumbuna Hydro Plant has been shut down because of the low level of water at the dam despite the early commencement of rainy season, and they also want to undertake repairs and upgrade the water level at the project site.
He averred that the water level at the Bumbuna project site has gone below the expected mark and it is against this backdrop that engineers at the project site have decided to shut down the plant until the water level increases.
Prof. Ogunlade Davidson said the Ministry of Energy and water resources have resorted to the use of generators of the emergency power generation and the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) provided generators.
He said the generators will be providing temporary power supply to the city until the Bumbuna water level increases and other repairs are done on the machines.
The Minister reiterated that Government is looking for quality fuel to run the generators at Kingtom to avoid any technical problem that may occur with the machines.
Prof. Ogunlade called on NPA consumers to exercise patience as modalities are being put in place to repair the water dam and to also get quality fuel for the JICA generators. By Saidu Bah