The General Manager of the National Power Authority (NPA) Dr Zubairu Kaloko has said that his institution will install 20,000 prepaid meters for central and West of Freetown.
He added that these prepaid meters will increase their revenue collection; reduce theft in revenue collection, reduce meter reading cost; reduce staff operating costs and improve overall efficiency of their operations.
“NPA has repaired Sulzer 5 and it is ready to run,” adding that “Sulzer 5 will give us 5 Mega Watts (MW)”. NPA is also repairing Sulzer 4 and it is ready to run and it will give another 5 MW.
The General Manager said that “Bumbuna is coming and it will give 50 Mega Watts, and JICA will give us 10MW, and Income Electrix will give us 25 MW.”
“Bumbuna, the two Sulzers, JICA and Income Electrix will give us 95 MW in 2009”, he said.
Dr Kaloko maintained that all we have to is to repair our dilapidated Transmission and Distribution (T&D) network, noting that the T&D is the number one enemy of NPA. “The network is over 40years old and has exceeded its useful economic life.”
“The installation plan for the prepaid meters is designed to meet the urgent requirement for the replacement of all electromechanical or credit meters in the central and West of Freetown”, he said.
He pointed out that with the ever increasing debt particularly in the central part of Freetown (from Ross Road to Brookfields) with high energy consumption both during the day (commercial) and at night (domestic) “West, which is made up of high profile customers, management is not likely to achieve the desired impact both from recent tariff increase and increased energy generation as a result of the post payment system”, he said.
Dr Kaloko stated that, a Rapid Replacement (RP) exercise would consider only direct replacement of all existing electromechanical or credit meters as well as new installations within the coverage areas and transformers for three months.
The General Manager noted that 16 personnel would rapidly undertake meter installation, supervised by three senior field personnel.
Already, he said mass installation of the meters to complete the installation of the first consignment of 1,000 APATOR meters has already commenced.
2009 the General Manager said will be one of the best years of NPA.