Sierra Leone News: Energy Ministry to join West Africa Power Pool to avoid power cut

The Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, has said his Ministry will join the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) for the sustainability of electricity in the country. Government is expected to pay a US$500,000 annually as part of its own contribution to the West Africa Power Pool and the trade in energy will start in June 2020. He made this statement at the usual government press briefing at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information and Communication on Youyi Building in Freetown, on Thursday 10th October 2019. The Minister said, the country remains challenged with electricity supply during the dry season, therefore, it is but fitting that government through his ministry engage with other countries for power supply when the need arises. “For over two decades, when we talk about two sectors one is the generation, whereby we produce the power by ourselves, and secondly, transmission and distribution.” The Minister said, generation capacity was very low, and the available generation was very expensive and above all, it was not affordable. He stressed that for people to benefit from electricity, it has to be affordable. He revealed that he terminated the initial contract by the previous regime, and that was the reason why “we went in for a second ship to effectively supply electricity in the country. We inherited a regime that was charging 19.5 dollar cent per kilowatt hour, for us that was not good enough, we therefore resorted to negotiations and was able to bring the tariff down to 16.5 cents.”

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