The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) has signed a 30MW power supply contract with Turkish Company, Karpower. The contract according to the authorities is a mutual agreement that will last for two years, reports Foroyaa.
The Minister of Energy, Fafa Sanyang, said the agreement is a milestone drive for government to provide reliable, sustainable and affordable energy supply to the people of the Gambia for sustainable economic growth and development.
The minister noted that for over 52 years since the Gambia gained independence, the energy sector continues to be a major challenge prompting the government to recognise the urgency to transform and modernise the energy sector.
Sanyang said the signing of the contract is a short-term plan to improve capacity on the energy sector roadmap.
The objective, he said is for NAWEC to rehabilitate, repair and maintain the implementation of on-going projects that will eliminate the energy constraints.
NAWEC lack adequate resources
The Managing Director of NAWEC Baba Fatajo, said the contract with Karpower will formalise the commencement of work for the installation of the 30MW rental plan for injection into the power grid as a short term measure. Read more...
Fatajo said the challenge that NAWEC faces include lack of adequate resources for the required investment in the energy sector, generating huge losses as a result; that such contracts will help the utility to improve in service delivery.
Mehmet Katmer from Karpower said the navigable energy supply will be used for the energy supply and this will arrive Banjul in three weeks.
Katmer stated that together with their local partner, NAWEC should start to supply power in seven weeks, adding that Karpower is confident to fulfil by supplying as agreed and provide a successful energy supply.
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