The supply of electricity to Freetown is going will continue to be seriously hampered, as the two turbines generating electricity at the Bumbuna Hydro Plant have been badly-affected as a result of mechanical problems.
Following the mechanical problem of turbines # 1, at the moment, instead of the usual 25 megawatts generated by the hydro, the only turbine which is managing to function, which is turbine #2, only generates around 8 mega watts, which is very low to meet the electricity demand of the city and other places.
The present condition of Bumbuna Hydro came to the attention of the public, when the designated Minister of Energy, Oluniyi Robin Coker was responding to questions relating to the irregular supply of electricity in the city.
Oluniyi Coker told the 16- man panel that the 25 year- old turbines got mechanical problems late last year, and has resulted in insufficient supply of electricity in city. He said that at the moment, in the Ministry’s bid to render service to the city, has supported the only functional turbine (even though also affected to some extent) with thermal plants.
But he said that the Ministry has made considerable progress in trying to amend the problems within the course of the months ahead.
The Deputy Minister, Martin Alex Bash-Kamara buttressed that the service of an independent company, the Volta River Authority; a Ghanaian based company, has been contracted to examine the problem and suggest solutions.
By Poindexcter Sama