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GBA to electricity status to be improved with 225kv line, other GERMP projects

According to him, the project launched is part of the $164million Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project (GERMP), adding that the project is designed to support the implementation of immediate priority investments to restore the delivery of electricity services in targeted municipalities and regional areas and complement fiscal stability efforts. “The electricity sector Roadmap, approved by Cabinet in 2017, casts a vision to modernize the energy sector for a new Gambia, and move towards 24/7 access to electricity by all Gambians. It identifies short, medium and long-term investment needs to modernize electricity system in The Gambia with emphasis on the restoration of effective and efficient power supply services in the GBA,” said Petroleum and Energy Minister. He added: “The Project we are inaugurating today clearly manifests the enormous efforts of the government to modernize the transmission and distribution infrastructure in the Greater Banjul Area. It is funded by the World Bank with government contribution of D131million to compensate the affected land and property owners on the right way for the transmission line.” His Excellency Ma Jianchum, Chinese Ambassador to The Gambia has expressed delight and appreciation for the commencement of the Greater Banjul Electricity Transmission and Distribution Modernization Project, asserting that the project is a model of fruitful international cooperation. “We are delighted to witness that the EPC project of Transmission Infrastructures in the Greater Banjul Area commenced today (it) is a model of International cooperation. The project is planned by the Gambian government, co-funded by the World Bank, European Investment Bank and European Union, designed and constructed by Chinese Companies, furthermore French and Spanish Companies are also involved,” Chinese Ambassador substantiated. He added: “This demonstrates the strong cooperation of the international community to support the development of The Gambia. I believe that, with the joint efforts and close cooperation of all partners, the implementation of this project will be successful with fruitful results. He added: “I believe, with high-end manufacturing capability, advanced technology and abundant experiences, TBEA will complete the project successfully and hand over to The Gambia a high-quality demonstration project.” Nani Juwara, the 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 and will also 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 have signed a contract for the Laminkoto/ Diabugu back borne project covering over 46 communities and works are expected to commence before the end of this year as their target is to cover over 685 communities countrywide to have access to electricity in the next 36 months.