The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) Monday signed a short term
electricity agreement with the Turkish rental electricity company, KATPOWER.
The projected is expected to start in 7weeks, officials said.
The agreement was signed at the Petroleum House and was meant to find a short term solution to frequent power shortage in The Gambia. The short term agreement will last for 2 years.
KATPOWER is a rental electricity company in Turkey having series of vessels with different generating capacity operating in some Africa countries.
Minister of Energy, Fafa Sanyang described the agreement as a milestone, saying it would help government provide reliable, stainable and affordable energy supply to the people of The Gambia for sustainable economic growth and development.
He added that since independence, the energy sector continues to struggle with adequate power supply. “The new government has recognised the urgency to transform and modernise the energy sector and its development partners to have a lasting solution to the energy problem.”
Minister Sanyang said the signing ceremony forms as short-term plan as part of capacity improvement measures on the energy sector roadmap. The objective is set part for NAWEC to rehabilitate, repair and maintain its implementation of its ongoing project to eliminate its energy constrain, he said.
The managing director of NAWEC, Baba Fatajo, said NAWEC and its partner provide durable solution to the energy constrain. The agreement, he said will be formalized with the commencement of the installation of the 30 megawatt rental plan.
“The most challenge NAWEC faces is lack of adequate resources in the needed investment in the energy sector and generate losses as a result of this,” he said. “The company will improve in their service and plead to their esteemed customers for timely and effective payment.”
Mehmet Katmer from KATPOWER said the contract requires that they work together with NAWEC to achieve a common goal by delivering sustainable electricity for the Gambian people.
He said the navigable energy supplies will arrive in Banjul in 3weeks.
Chairman, board of directors of NAWEC, Aki Allen, said the agreement will bring renewed hope to their organizations.
He added that several measures both short and long term plan have been proposed to realise government’s objective in the energy sector.