The National Power Authority (NPA) is said to be paying Le6 Billion monthly to Salini, the Company in charge of Bumbuna for their power supply to the authority.
It was learnt that NPA pays Salini Le 6 Billion whether the supply is 1 Mega Watts (MW) or 40 MW of power supply to the Authority.
Since the commissioning of Bumbuna in 2009, NPA has paid Le 42 Billion to Salini.
Bumbuna operates independently as a project and NPA is buying power from them.
In an interview with the Public Relations Officer of the Authority, Victor Winston-Clarke, to throw light on why the shortage and low voltage of electricity supply of late, he explained that it is because NPA is receiving low output of supply from Bumbuna.
He added that on 17th May 2011, Bumbuna was shut down to carry out yearly programmed maintenance works on the Radial Gate, Intake Tower, Butterfly Valves, and 13.8KV Switch Gear, and all items that are used for both units in common like main Automatic Control distribution boards and Direct Control system.
The Public Relations Officer further explained that when Bumbuna resumed operations on 26 May 2011, NPA was expecting improved output but they are receiving below expectation.
He reiterated that they expect 35-40 MW of power supply during the rainy season and 18 MW during the dry season. “We are expecting 25 MW but we are still experiencing a short fall of electricity of 6 MW as of 30th May 2011.
Mar Winston-Clarke stated that if Bumbuna improves on the power transportation, “we can also improve the electricity “.
He highlighted that the Authority is constrained with low output from Bumbuna hydro plant and that the monthly Le 6 Billion payment to Salini does not e qual their power supply . T
he huge cost of MFO and diesel required for the operation has drained their resources and lack of any reduction of petroleum products for NPA and the refusal of government Ministries , departments and Agencies to pay about Le 20 Billion, is hampering their operations.
NPA, he said, is making strides to improve their revenue generation by installing prepaid meters.
He concluded that because of the rain, the Authority is experiencing faults between Spur Road, Cockerill, Watch Tower along Wilkinson Road, Lumley, Spur Military, Malama, Juba Hill Barracks and the Peninsular, and there has been cut off of electricity to these areas until the fault is amended. In an interview with workers at the Authority’s office, they stated that the General Manager, Dr Zubairu Kaloko, is the most committed GM the Authority has ever had.
“He is highly committed to serve the President”, they said. According to a senior worker at the authority, since the assumption of the GM in his first year, he has collected Le 44 Billion, the second year, he collected Le 66 Billion, the third year he collected Le88 Billion and that for this year, he plans to collect Le 100 Billion.
“The GM has proved that electricity supply will be sustainable” and further disclosed that the GM has increased the supply of electricity from 9 MW to 70 MW, adding that revenue generation has also increased.
A senior worker stressed that the GM should be commended for his commitment.
According to other sources, FBC, PCMH, Ola During Children’s Hospital and Connaught Hospital are receiving 24 hours electricity supply from the Authority. The source spoke of the Authority’s plan to install one machine for industries and the other for residential use.
By Abibatu Kamara