SENIOR POLICY ANALYST, SPU, STATE HOUSE - SANIRA DEEN
COORDINATOR, PPP UNIT, STATE HOUSE - ABU KAMARA
SENIOR BUSINESS ANALYST, PPP UNIT, STATE HOUSE - MOHAMED ABU SESAY
UNDP ADVISER, PPP UNIT, STATE HOUSE - GIEDIRIUS SABALIAUSKAS
AGI - GARETH WALSH
PERMANENT SECRETARY, MOE - ZAINAB BUYA KAMARA
DIRECTOR OF ENERGY, MOE - ING. BENJAMIN KAMARA
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ENERGY, MOE - ING. PSUL SAFFA
PROJECT DELIVERY MANAGER, MOE- NGOZI BECKLEY-LINES
DIRECTOR, PUBLIC DEBT, MOFED - SAHR JUSU
SENIOR ECONOMIST, MOFED - ALHASSAN MANSARAY
MOJ - OSMAN KANU
ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL, EDSA - ING. ALHAJI TIMBO
ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL, EGTC - ING. DENNIS GARVIE
This TOR is being prepared to ensure that the Action Plan drawn up to increase generation capacity to 1000
MW by 2017 is strictly followed and ensure that the required milestones are achieved.
The Ministry of Energy - Sierra Leone has already prepared the Sierra Leone Energy Sector Strategy and
Action Plan (2014 -2017) and has proceeded to address issues relating to: Power Demand; Additional
Generation for the short/medium/long term; Network rehabilitation and expansion and including access
The Action Plan also tackles issues relating to the institutional strengthening of the Ministry and the Power
Sector which is presently being unbundled with the objective of separating electricity supply and
distribution from generation and transmission. It also handles the issue of funding and engagement with
Consequently, two separate Entities, the Electricity Distribution Supply Authority (EDSA) and the Electricity
Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC) have been formed to be regulated by the Electricity and
Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC), as provided for in the relevant legislation passed by Parliament.
The unbundling process is expected to be completed by the end of Quarter 4 of this year and a Management
Contractor funded by the World Bank will manage EDSA in the formative years of the Company.
The Action Plan will be executed by MoE and the regulatory electricity authorities.
Demand and Generation
The table below lists the total current generation capacity of 99.6MW which cannot meet the present
demand of about 200MW.
There is need for prioritised generation additions to meet future peak demands for the period 2015 - 2020, as
listed in the Table below:
The shortfalls, as listed in the above Table, have been computed based on firm available capacity.
Short Term Generation Planning
The Ministry of Energy has considered various options for providing short/medium term requirements up to
2017 using Rental HFO Power, an HFO Power Plant, Thermal and Solar Plant under a PPA arrangement.
The Ministry has looked carefully into the specific investment and energy costs of these units. While the
energy costs are high for this immediate intervention, MoE believes that these will be lowered in 2017 when
a 50 MW Solar generation would have been in operation.
Long Term Generation Planning
MoE has considered Bumbuna II and a large thermal plant for a least-cost solution. The commissioning of
these plants will result in a drastic reduction of energy prices by which time electricity is expected to be an
The Ministry of Energy is hopeful that Construction work on the large hydro/thermal plant will commence by
Negotiations on BUMBUNA II are on-going and MoE will work assiduously towards a speedy financial closure.
MoE proposes that the construction of a large power plant (600MW) will commence by 2017. The Ministry
believes that a Coal and LNG plant could offer a stable base-load operation.
MoE will commission a consultancy to lead a feasibility study in order to determine the appropriate thermal
plant for a least-cost solution
MoE realises the huge investment cost involved in constructing the plant and will require EDSA to make a
long term annual payment commitment for the purchase power from the Mining Companies.
MoE has dully examined the funding, scope of work and coverage for interventions for rehabilitating and
upgrading the existing transmission and distribution network and its expansion to connect new generation
facilities and increase access.
Rehabilitation of the Freetown Network
The existing Grid in the Freetown area can only evacuate 45 MW (approx.), a situation which is creating
constraints that limit the development of the power sector.
A detailed action plan has been developed to increase the grid capacity to 128MW after upgrade work. Work
will be carried out in three phases: Immediate Works: 2013 - 2015: Increase to 53MW; Phase 2 works: 2015 -
2016: Increase to 77 MW; and Phase 3 works: 2016 - 2017: Increase to 128 MW.
Funding has been provided by GoSL and development partners to finance the works. However, there is a
financing gap of about $150m required to finance additional network infrastructure up to 2025.
Network expansion and access provision
Details of Network expansion and access provision are presented below.
The priorities for the expansion of the Transmission network have been defined. Already, there is a draft
plan for the following:
Development of the Sierra Leone portion of the West African Power Pool (WAPP)
225 kV line linking Bumbuna II to Freetown.
MoE intends to initiate a study for the development of a National Transmission Network, based on the
recommendations of the Integrated Resource Plan by PPA Energy and scope of work for Access Provision
under the WAPP and the World Bank Funded Energy Access Program.
MoE and EGTC will work closely to conclude the design and financing model for the 225kV line linking
Bumbuna II line and to solicit funding.
There are two projects aimed at access provision:
The WAPP access project to provide access to 115 communities and along the route of 225kV
The World Bank Funded EAP will commence shortly.
These two projects which are limited in geographical scope and technical choice would require a
comprehensive national energy access program that will examine grid expansion possibilities, isolated grids
and solar home systems: (i) to ensure that access is provided in a coordinated and economical manner and
(ii) Channel Development Partner support.
The engagement with development partners by MoE is crucial to solicit funds for a national energy access
strategy. This will develop projects across the country for funding by both development partners and the
There is a timeline for: completion of the IRP Study; Institutional reforms (Unbundling and Appointment of a
World Bank Management Contractor); works on the short term and medium term generation addition;
construction work for major hydro/thermal plant, construction of the major generation development for the
long term, network rehabilitation
Developing partners have provided the following financial support: ECOWAS ($5.4m); IDB (T&D- $11m),
World Bank-EAP ($11.7m), JICA ($3.8m), World Bank-ESURP ($25m).
GoSL has contributed $10m to enable CEC carry out emergency works on the network.
There is need for the financing of additional transmission infrastructure estimated at $150m. MoE will
initiate a round-table conference with developing partners for the road ahead.