16 October 2007 – Foday Mannah, general manager of the National Power Authority (NPA) in Sierra Leone has disclosed that his company needs $703 593 to repair five of its generators.
The Kingtom power station needs $115 000 for repairs to a Japanese donated Mitsubishi engine.
Another $230 000 is required for rehabilitating a Sulzer 4 engine, which was due to decommissioning when the alternator burnt out, removing it from service.
"Mirrlees No. 2 engine donated by the government of South Africa in 2004 was manufactured in 1975 and has never had a continuous operation for more than two weeks," he said, adding that 10 out of the 16 cylinders have been damaged.
"We need an estimated cost of $358,593 to repair it," he disclosed, adding "Mirrlees engine No. 3 donated by the World Bank in 2001 has burst engine block and is also out of service."
However, on a positive note, Mannah noted that the NPA had installed 300 street lights in Freetown.