Sierra Leone are following the footsteps of Nigeria, pursuing the unbundling of the country’s state utility, the National Power Authority (NPA).
The NPA, along with Bo/Kenema Power Station which serves the largest cities in the south and east regions of Sierra Leone, as well as other electricity providers in the country have been integrated to form the Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGCT) and the Electricity Distribution and Supply Company (EDSA).
The minister of energy, Ambassador Henry Macaulay, together with the action and support of the Unbundling Action Group, and leadership of president Ernest Bai Koroma have given rise to the successful unbundling of the country’s power sector.
Sierra Leone has been plagued by inadequate power supply, protracted power outages, and a high level of non-technical and technical losses.
Ambassador Macaulay was reported as saying: ‘The Sierra Leone electricity sector had constantly experience epileptic and unreliable power supply, thus, creating a harsh environment for economic development and especially, foreign investment.’
The Ministry of Energy has put plans into place to break the cycle of a failing legacy electricity system – starting with its National Energy strategy to generate and deliver 1 000MW of power to Sierra Leone citizens by 2017.
The minister also commented that the unbundling process was just the start of the power sector reform in Sierra Leone. He stressed that the separation of the three core business functions, namely, generation, transmission and distribution will improve the overall efficiency of the sector and at the same time afford independent power producers entry into the market.