Sierra Leone News: MCCU facilitates Regional experts to Capacitate Bumbuna

Sierra Leone has taken a critical step to build the capacity of Sierra Leoneans to manage one of its critical assets, the Bumbuna Hydro-electric Dam. Salini Impregilo, an Operations and Management (O&M) contractor has been managing and operating Sierra Leone’s largest Hydro-electric Plant, Bumbuna 1 since it became operational in 2009. The Government of Sierra Leone in 2018 expressed interest in soliciting support from the Millennium Challenge Corporation to design a program to build the capacity of its staff at the Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC) to manage the Bumbuna Dam and others across the country in the immediate future. EGTC expressed its desire to utilize regional expertise to deliver this capacity building to ensure contextual relevance and sustainability.  In 2019, the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Volta River Authority (VRA) in order to realize this commendable aspiration. The VRA being an established utility in the sub-region with proven experience and expertise in managing Africa’s largest hydro plant (The Akosombo Dam) has a generation capacity of over 1,080 MW while the maximum generation capacity of Bumbuna 1 is just around 50 MW.

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