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South Sudan signs pact to develop the country’s power sector

In keeping with its vision to Light up Africa, Sahara Power Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South Sudanese Ministry of Energy & Dams to develop the country’s power sector in the generation, transmission and distribution spaces.

The MoU would enable the energy company expand the remit of its East African operations as well as develop the infrastructure necessary to grow the power sector and engender capacity building for economic transformation.

Sahara Power Group’s managing director, Kola Adesina, said: “We consider this to be another landmark and major milestone in our quest to facilitate fast paced development in Africa through seamless power supply.

“We are already working with the Republic of South Sudan to develop a dedicated crude oil processing plant to guarantee steady and adequate supplies to the power plants as and when needed. We believe this sort of end-to-end approach is necessary to make electricity a readily available resource to the people of South Sudan.”

Transmission backbone infrastructure

Under the agreement, both the company and the ministry will collaborate to develop transmission backbone infrastructure and the establishment of the grid code.

There will be further collaboration between the two parties on the environmental impact study, load evacuation study and overall project development. Read more: South Sudan bolsters electricity supply through new installation

Adesina concluded: “We have high hopes for this partnership with the Ministry of Energy & Dams and anticipate the commencement of the project in 2019. Developing the power sector brings the government closer to its vision for transforming the socio-economic landscape for the people of South Sudan. We are honoured to have been chosen as a strategic partner.”

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.