Masada takes over Waste Management in Freetown, Sierra Leone
It was on 28th September 2012 the Government of Sierra Leone, through the Ministry of Local Government signed an agreement with Masada Energy International-Sierra Leone, LLC to collect, manage, and convert the country’s municipal solid and liquid waste into renewable fuels. The $300m project lined up by the entity will involve the construction of an ultra modern processing plant and collection of about 400 tons of solid and liquid waste per year to be converted into ethanol. The first step of the project is to capacitate the Freetown Waste Management so that by very soon the project will have collected enough waste to kick start operations.
Ms Ami Dumbuya is the National Project Manager of Masada Energy International-SL, LLC. She said they will be collecting waste on a commercial basis, as they intend to employ about 2,000 youths through the National Youth Commission and Youth Coalition.
The project started on Thursday 8th November 2012 at Tengbe Town in Freetown, where over 100 youths were employed to do a city cleaning exercise. The cleaning blitz will last for about 10 days and will engage about 500 youths to clean selected communities in the city. The exercise is being done in collaboration with the Freetown Waste Management Company, which will soon be fading out after Masada has taken over. Waste collected by the team will be deposited in various dumping sites in Freetown.
Ms Dumbuya informed this press that the project will be a profitable one that brings an everlasting solution to hygiene in the country. She admonished government and the Freetown City Council to enforce anti-littering laws that will ensure proper cleaning of the city.
The Deputy National Project Manager said the youths have a great role to play in ensuring that the project proves successful. Dauda Kamara Jnr., noted that the collection of waste will create a healthy environment and contribute to the reduction of unemployment rate in the country. He promised that Sierra Leoneans will see a great difference in the next 3 – 6 months.
The General Manager of Freetown Waste Management, Sulaiman Parker said Masada was selected to take up the project after a comprehensive bidding process.
Masada Energy International-SL, LLC, is a subsidiary of the United States based Masada Resource Group, LLC, a competitive and responsible provider of proven and environmentally friendly technology solutions. Masada has developed a pipeline of international waste-to-energy projects to deploy these waste technology solutions on a commercial scale.
The company’s principals have invested more than $45m to date for the development of patented processes with international protection and for the enhancement of its core process so to serve as a reproducible engineering template.
In Sierra Leone, Masada will implement its “strategic and immediate Waste Collection Agreement” in the greater Freetown area immediately and will create a commercially viable waste collection system that will be valued by Masada’s customers.
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