Last week, electricity solutions company STEG International Services updated Sierra Leone’s ministry of energy on its given task of boosting the country’s power generation efficiency.
The Tunisian based company was contracted by the Sierra Leone ministry to procure, install, and commission the reinforcement and extension of medium and low voltage networks, reports Concord Times.
In addition to the scope of the contract, STEG International Services was also assigned to supply prepaid meters and vending stations in the country.
Local media reported that funding for the project, estimated to cost $11 million, has been provided by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
STEG International Services completes 50% of the work
Presenting the update to energy ministry officials, deputy general manager of STEG International Services, Jamil Korked explained that 50% of the work on the project has been completed, with the survey and design phase already concluded.
“Immediately after the signing of the contract, STEG International Services proceeded to procure the project materials. All technical specifications were approved by the consultant before the shipment of the materials,” Korked stated.
He said that they have managed to procure 95% of the materials required for the project, including 10,200 prepaid meters, 6,685 wooden poles, 48 transformers, and 21 package substations.
Project challenges and benefits
However, Korked pointed out challenges that the project has come across such the right of way, which according to him obstructs the progress of the project.
He also mentioned that they have experienced opposition from some citizens not allowing access to their private lands during the erection of poles.
Pleased with the progress made by the STEG International Services on the project, permanent secretary in the ministry of energy, Zainab Buya-Kamara noted that current electricity generation cables are over 50 years old. As such this has increased the technical and economic losses during transmission of power to customers.
“The project is aimed at supplying electricity to communities that have not benefited from electricity supply, including those that have not benefited for a very long time,” Buya-Kamara stated.
The project, which began in October 2015, is expected to be complete by December 2016.