NAWEC launches over $23M electricity project, 685 communities to benefit

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

As part of government’s plans to meet Energy for All target, the Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia Dr. Isatou Touray, together with the Minister of Petroleum and officials of National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) on Saturday 5th June, laid the foundation stone of the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) Transmission and Distribution Modernization Project at Salagi Forest Park.

The project is said to be co-funded by World Bank, European Union and European Investment Bank as part of The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) at a total project costs of US$23,184,685.86 with the contract awarded to Tebian Electric Apparatus (TBEA) a Chinese company through a competitive bidding process.

Fafa Sanyang, Minister of Petroleum and Energy said the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) has been designed to support the implementation of immediate priority investments to restore the delivery of electricity services in targeted municipal and regional areas and complement fiscal stabilization efforts.

He stated that the Electricity Sector Road Map, approved by Cabinet in October 2017, casts a vision to modernize the energy sector for a new Gambia and move toward 24/7 access to electricity for all Gambians.

According to him, the inauguration manifests the enormous efforts by the government to modernize transmission and distribution infrastructure in the Greater Banjul Area. He said the government contributed D131 million to compensate the affected land and property owners on the right way for the transmission line.

Nani Juawara, Managing Director of NAWEC said the contract for the project includes the design, supply and installation of a 17KM 225kV high voltage transmission line from Brikama to Jabang, and 225kV/ 33kV substation in Jabang, 33kV substation in Kotu with additional 33kV lines to be constructed to interface with the existing network.

He outlined that the objective of the project is to transform and enhance the transmission and distribution capability to NAWEC to international standard as well as improve NAWEC’s dispatching capacity, reduce technical losses, improve network stability and enable utility to incorporate more renewable energy sources into the grid.

As part of efforts to achieve universal access to electricity by 2025, he said, NAWEC and MBH Power Limited, a total energy solutions company providing world-class services to meet the growing demand of the power sector in emerging markets have signed a contract for the Laminkoto/ Diabugu back borne project covering over 46 communities and work is expected to commence before the end of the year as their target is to cover over 685 communities countrywide to have access to electricity in the next 36 months.

The ambassador of the  People’s Republic of China to The Gambia Ma Jianchum, said electricity is the main engine for the economic development and one of the significant areas of Gambia’s “National Development Plan (2018-2021)”. He detailed that the Chinese company-TBEA, responsible for the design and implementation of the project, is a large-scale international energy company and service provider.         

“We strongly believe that under the unremitting efforts of the Gambian government and the Gambian people, and with the cooperation of international development partners, the electricity infrastructure and energy sector of The Gambia will be further improved,” he said.

AT/COB/DAJ/07/06/21

On Mon, 7 Jun 2021 at 14:19, Cherno Omar Bobb <chebobb1@yahoo.com> wrote:

NAWEC launched over $23M electricity project, 685 communities to benefit

By Adama Tine

As part of government’s plans to meet Energy for All target, the Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray, together with the Minister of Petroleum and officials of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) Transmission and Distribution Modernization Project at Salagi Forest Park.

The project is said to be co-funded by the World Bank, the European Union and the European Investment Bank as part of The Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP) at a total project costs of US$23 million with the contract awarded to Tebian Electric Apparatus (TBEA) a Chinese company through a competitive bidding process.

Fafa Sanyang, Minister of Petroleum and Energy said the GERMP project has been designed to support the implementation of immediate priority investments to restore the delivery of electricity services in targeted municipal and regional areas and complement fiscal stabilization efforts.

AT/COB/DAJ/07/06/21

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