Tuesday, March 21

‘Senegal to share 50 megawatts power with Gambia’

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The energy minister made this disclosure yesterday while responding to questions from lawmakers on the eight million Euro(€8,000,000) loan between the Government of The Gambia and the European Investment Bank on the Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project (GERMP), and on atwenty-four million Euro(€24,000,000) grant.

“Currently, NAWEC has an agreement with Senelec in which they are sharing power at a competitive cost and that has helped in the stabilisation of electricity in the country,” he told deputies.

The minister said the deal is part of ECOWAS Electricity Generation and Transmission Master Plan agreement which was approved by heads of state in December 2019.

The objective, he added, is to have one electricity system in the west African region. This encourages other countries with higher energy services to share with others with less, he explained. 

“We are replacing five of the primary transformers in Jabang and Kotu, which are all overloaded. We are also replacing 52 distribution transformers within the Greater Banjul Area, and there are six33KB lines which are going to be constructed from Jabang to connect to Kotu to ensure redundancy in the system,” he noted. 

He further stated that the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project, which has radio of about 100KM from the substation in Brikama and Soma, will provide over 300 communities with electricity.

He reiterated government’s commitment to stabilising the country’s electricity system.