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Sierra Leone upturns power distribution

The effort to upturn the west African country’s power distribution is reported to be driven by the government of Japan, report local media.

The installation of a diesel generator was conducted over the past weekend during a tour to the Kingtom power house. The site visit, headed by counsellor Sigeru Umetsu, included a delegation from the Japanese Embassy based in Ghana.

According to the media, Umetsu said the support from Japan will increase power generation and also improve on the power distribution system within Freetown and the surrounding area.

Electricity and Distribution Service Authority’s executive adviser on the electricity power system section and plant development international division, engineer Nobaru Matsumura, said in terms of the technical cooperation agreement, technicians from Japan are training local staff to enable them to conduct repair work on the machines.

In addition, others will also be taken to Japan for further training.

Power distribution capacity expansion

In a separate statement, at the SLBS compound Goderich substation, the project manager, Miyoshi Akhiro told the media that they will be undertaking the construction of Goderich primary substation, guardhouse with a single story structure for the main transformer, earthing and station transformer.

Akhiro said the contractors will be installing 33 kV switchgear panel, 33 kV switchgear connection panel and other necessary auxiliary equipment and foundations.

Construction of the 33 kV distribution line will extend from Wilberforce primary substation to Goderich primary substation, while construction of 11 kV distribution line from Babadori River to Sussex, which includes repair and extension works.

Akhiro said the project will install 700 poles and 20 transformers along the 18.5 kilometres. The project is expected to be complete by July 2017.

The current transmission and distribution capacity of Western Area is said to be around 30-35MW. Furthermore, it is reported that the transmission and distribution losses caused by deterioration and lack of maintenance of equipment is more than 30%.

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.