6 December 2007 – It has been reported from Jordan that the National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) will upgrade part of the Gambian electricity sector in a US$310 000 agreement with the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC).

Momodou Jallow

NAWEC managing
director, Momodou Jallow

Ahmad Hiasat, NEPCO director general, said Jordan had bid on an international tender for the upgrade project. He was at the signing ceremony, along with NAWEC managing director, Momodou Jallow.

According to a statement, NEPCO will undertake feasibility studies on means to upgrade and create an advanced electricity system in the Gambia, including distribution, transmission and generation systems in Banjul, the Gambian capital and western parts of the country.

Seven experts from NEPCO will conduct the feasibility study, alongside an expert from NAWEC.

The six month project will be financed by the Arab African Development Bank.

"NEPCO has implemented several power projects in many Arab countries, including Yemen, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates," Mr Hiasat said, while also expressing the hope that NEPCO and NAWEC would work together on implementing other electricity development projects.

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