EYEAFRICA TV: Brikama, THE GAMBIA:- A newly installed 20MW power plant costing a staggering $28.4M has been inaugurated in Brikama. The project was jointly funded by the government of The Gambia and its development partner, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).
IsDB provided $25.2M of the cost, while The Gambia government contributed the remaining balance of $3.2M. The contract was given to STX Heavy Industries of South Korea.
Speaking at the launching, President Adama Barrow said the power plant project results from the Government’s belief that energy is a key driver of economic development. “Thus, it has to serve a leverage to raise living standards and reduce poverty in the country.”
“The addition of twenty (20) Mega Watts to our electricity generation capacity will significantly address the country’s power capacity gaps and serve as a catalyst to achieve and maintain regular electricity supply for the entire Gambian nation,” he said.
According to him, the occasion adds to the “ample evidence of my government’s commitment to our 2021 Energy Roadmap and National Development Plan.”
“The project stands out as another means of accelerating the country’s key infrastructure investments to empower Gambian citizens through access to essential services,” he noted, adding, “It is only through such huge development strides that we can attain and sustain the level of economic growth we desire.”
“The increasing demand for power, arising from the expansion of economic activities in the country, also makes it compelling for Government to redouble efforts in the energy sector. The strategy is to gradually replace the old generator sets with reliable ones and maintain a single national grid.”
President Barrow recognized that beside providing sustainable energy for all, it is equally necessary to work towards cost-reflective electricity tariffs in a systematic manner and within the right regulatory framework.
“We remain committed to the socio-economic development objectives as outlined in our National Development Plan (NDP), the AU 2063 Agenda and the AU/EU partnership for Green Transition and Energy Access,” he emphasized, nothing that the energy sector has a critical role to play for the realisation of these development mileposts.
“We are also working with our development partners to mitigate the effects of climate change, increase our renewable energy uptake and improve energy efficiency in our homes, institutions and businesses.”
Barrow recognized the efforts of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Board and Management of NAWEC and all stakeholders for the success of the project.