The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) have unveiled its two new generators at the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) in Banjul, as part of the company’s rural electricity expansion project. Through the project, NAWEC anticipates the extension of its services to 44 more communities in Gambia.

The 2.7 and 2.9 mega-watt dual generators, are the first heavy fuel generators to be transported to rural Gambia and are expected to generate electricity 24 hours a day. The generators were delivered to the town of Farafenni and Basse, a rural community on the south bank of the River Gambia. This represents the 2nd phase in NAWEC’s expansion project costing US$20-million.

The primary aim of the expansion is to decrease the number of power stations in rural areas, in order that electricity becomes more affordable and sustainable. Gambia’s energy minister Dr Edward Saja Sanneh said that the provision of the higher capacity engines will strengthen the stability of electric power in the country.

He maintained that expansion to include an extra 44 communities in rural Gambia is an indication of the government’s commitment to increasing electricity access and coverage across the country.

The energy minister continued that in the long run it would help the country to meet its poverty reduction targets Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).

NAWEC boss, Ebrima Sanyang added: “We wish to thank all those who render support to the project in those years until now. This is another milestone achievement in the energy sector of this country. This project is also to complement government’s efforts in ensuring that we achieve our dreams that have been set for us as a people and as a country to ensure that we transform this nation as rapidly as possible into a city-state.”

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