33KV sub transmission lines to be installed in Freetown- contract signed with KESEC
The Ministry of Energy and the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) have signed a contract with KESEC for the procurement of plant designs, as well as the supply and installation of 33KV sub transmission lines in Freetown.
Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Eldred Taylor, described the contract as hugely significant because it represent a remarkable step in the country’s energy sustainability and accessibility drive with particular reference to the Western Area. He said the infrastructure or network in Freetown has been fraught with a myriad of challenges, stressing the urgent needed for rehabilitation and expansion.
The Deputy Minister of Energy commended the World Bank for being a good and reliable partner to the Government of Sierra Leone, especially under the current administration of President Julius Maada Bio. He noted that the project constituted one component in the entire package, while also assuring that the other components would surely materialize.
Dr. Taylor congratulated KESEC on wining the bid, stating that the process was fair, thorough and competitive and that the company had secured the contract on merit. He said upgrading the traditional 11KV transmission network to 33KV was a tremendous stride which is destined to stand the test time.
“It is the hope of the Ministry and EDSA that the signing of the contract will trigger and mark the commencement of the project. This project was a manifesto commitment of President Bio and the government is genuinely committed to making energy sustainable and accessible in the country,” Dr. Taylor added.
Director General of EDSA, Dr. Joe Lahai, expressed his authority’s delight at the prospect of having 33KV transmission lines that would help them evacuate power to wider areas, as well as its customers. Dr. Lahai appealed to the contractors to expedite the work so that the project would be completed within the expected timeframe.
Assuring them of EDSA’s support during implementation, the Director General stated that the authority’s doors were always open to the contractors in case they needed any help, adding that it was advisable for the contractors to work with EDSA with a view to avoiding challenges.
On behalf of KESEC, Daniel Gitau Kamau, thanked the energy ministry and EDSA for according them the honour and privilege to work in Sierra Leone, assuring that standards would not be compromised in the implementation of the project. He also assured that the project would be completed on time, adding, “We are looking forward to partnering with the government in its energy sector reforms.”
The contract was borne out of an additional funding under the Energy Sector Utility Reform Project, which seeks to have a reliable and an expanded transmission and evacuation infrastructure in the Western Area.