By Ahmed Fonike & Lahai Kpaka
The Minister of Energy, Amb. Henry Macauley has on Friday, July 14, 2017 launched the rehabilitation and extension of the Bo-Kenema electricity distribution system at the Ministry of Energy. This project is sequel to the CLSG interconnection project that will benefit the government of Cote díIvoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. In line with this, the project will improve the Bo-Kenema network which will result in a more resistant and reliable distribution system for both cities including other smaller villages along the 33kV line, and help in increasing electrical power demand and potentially reduce losses and the frequency of power outages.
In launching the project, Amb. Henry Macauley said that Bo and Kenema used to enjoy quality power supply due to stable network and that as a result of growing population, the supply of electricity hasnít been sufficient and sustainable as anticipated. He clarified that amidst the daunting period currently both cities are experiencing regarding power supply, in conjunction with donor partners, Africa Development Bank and DIFD have come up with $50m project to completely change the network and increase quality power supply to more customers which he said would stimulate industrial growth and relatively boost up the economy.
MINISTER OF ENERGY LAUNCHES THE REHABILITATION AND EXTENSION OF THE BO - KENEMA ELECTRICITY NETWORK
He said currently there are about 17,000 customers experiencing insufficient power supply in both cities adding however that about 37,000 customers would have access to electricity when the project is completed. The minister disclosed that a steering committee which would comprise of a team from EDSA, EGTC and the Ministry would sit to helm the implementation of the project and to subsequently ensure that quality power supply is available to customers in Bo and Kenema respectively.
A representative of the African Development Bank, Mr. Anthony Karembu also expressed that the Bank is optimistic about the success of the project adding that it looks forward to the cooperation of stakeholders. Director Generals of EDSA (Ing. Timbo) and EGTC (Ing. Garvie), stakeholders from Bo and Kenema also made meaningful contributions.