Sierra Leone seeks technical support from Ghana to run Bumbuna
Sierra Leone has requested the Volta River Authority (VRA) and GRIDCo to rehabilitate its power system and train personnel to meet its manpower needs.
Consequently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the government of Ghana and the Sierra Leonean government at a ceremony in Accra yesterday.
Ghana’s Minister of Energy, Dr Joe Oteng Adjei signed on behalf of his government while Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Prof. Ogunlade R. Davidson signed on behalf of his government.
Dr Adjei pledged Ghana’s commitment to adhere to the terms of the agreement and also ensure that the needed support was offered to Sierra Leone.
He said the collaboration between the two countries had demonstrated that Africa had moved into a new era where member countries shared what they have together.
Prof. Davidson thanked the government for the understanding to offer support to revamp their energy sector.
Earlier, Prof. Davidson led a delegation from Sierra Leone to tour the Tema Thermal Power Plant (TTPP) at Kpone near Tema to familiarise themselves with the operations there.
A Deputy Minister of Energy, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, conducted the team on the tour at the TTPP .
During the tour, the Operations Manager of the TTPP, Mr Edward Kenzo, who briefed the team on the operations of the VRA at the site, said the VRA generated 80 megawatts, 126 megawatts and 50 megawatts respectively at stations one, two and three of the Authority.
He explained that during day time power generated was not as high as in the evening due to the increasing demand at that time.
Prof. Davidson said Sierra Leone had asked for technical support for the operation and maintenance of its 50 megawatts Bumbuna Hydro Power Plant that was inaugurated in November 2009.
He said Sierra Leone was in the process of developing an adequate standby electricity capacity for its capital city.
In that connection the country was considering the construction of a 100-megawatt plant.
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