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Sierra Leone: minister applauds power generation success

“Last year we produced over 300 million kilowatts hours. Everyone can take a look when the report would soon be published. It is very clear that we have made vast improvement in the sector,” he said.

In an exclusive interview with the Concord Times, Macauley acknowledged that this success was achieved in collaboration with the public power utilities, Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC) and the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA).

Sierra Leone’s energy minister Henry Olufemi Macauley. Pic credit: Wordfolio.

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According to Macauley, if previous governments had invested as much as the current government, electricity would have been improved significantly, media reported.

He noted: “It takes stages to improve on electricity in every country. We have the incremental improvement stage and that is where we are now as a country.”

“We also have the stable electricity stage and at that stage, we have to add more generation than what we need so that when one machine breaks down, another will take over and the customers will not notice power shortage,” he added.

The final stage is the uninterrupted stage where “all of us should practice correct and responsible electricity protocol,” he said.

He noted that it would be very difficult to achieve the final stage in Sierra Leone, as some people have not been practising correct and responsible electricity protocol.

Hydropower challenges

Macauley said: “All of the countries that get their power supply from hydro dams are suffering the same fate like Sierra Leone during the dry season. Look at Ghana from 2,000MW it has come to 300MW. It’s the same in Kenya and Uganda.”

He however stated that some of those countries have seasonal service charges, which results in higher tariff charges during the dry season as the source of energy would be the thermal plant.

“But Sierra Leone is not doing that, as the charges remain the same for both the dry and rainy season,” Macauley stated.

Babalwa Bungane
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