Last week, The Gambia’s vice president, Aja Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, inaugurated the new Energy Development and Access Expansion project in Mandinary, Kombo North region, reported The Daily Observer.
The objective of the energy development project is to alleviate the bottlenecks in the National Water and Electricity Company’s (NAWEC) transmission and distribution network in The Greater Banjul Area.
The project will also provide flexibility of electricity supply and create redundancy in the system.
The US$6 million energy development project is funded by the government and the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Energy development project
The project’s construction of a 30km 33kv line from Brikama power station to Buffer Zone in Tallinding Kunjang will benefit over ten communities.
The project includes a 10 MVA substation integrated to an existing 33kv system accompanied with three 11kv feeder lines with existing NAWEC network.
The Gambia’s progress
Dr Edward Sarja Sanneh, minister of energy, said: “We have not only increased generation capacity in leaps and bounds but we have also refurbished and modernised the ageing network through numerous interventions.”
The Daily Observer reported that the minister explained government’s policy objectives in the sector continues to be guided by the principles of providing reliable, efficient and affordable electricity for the entire country.
Sanneh further added that NAWEC has invested resources to meet the energy demands of the population:
“Since reliable electricity supply is an important catalyst in the socio-economic development of any nation, government will continue to pursue and tackle head on some of the important challenges NAWEC is faced with.”
Renewable energy development
On the renewable energy development agenda Sanneh stated that: “we are cognisant of the renewable energy potential of our country and efforts are being intensified to ensure maximum utilisation of these potentials.”
Vice President Njie-Saidy called on the minister to work closely with NAWEC to intensify the renewable energy sector, saying that will help them save energy and reduce the burden on the people.
Ebrima Sanyang, managing director of NAWEC said the new energy development project will put The Gambia on a sound electricity supply system.
The project, he said, is another gratifying initiative that his company has undertaken, saying as a result of a sound and transparent operations, this is the second project that NAWEC has supervised.
Musa Amul Nyassi, deputy governor of the West Coast Region called on beneficiaries to handle the project as their own.