Gambia, Senegal Opens Energy Cooperation Talks

EYEAFRICa TV: BANJUL, THE GAMBIA: Gambi’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Monday earlier this month led a delegation of senior officials to Dakar, Senegal as the first step toward talks to establish energy cooperation between The Gambia and Senegal.
This, according to a press release is building on the already special relation between the two sister republics.In a release dispatched yesterday, it stated that the outcome of the visit was the finalization of a memorandum of understanding between the two national utilities (SENELEC & NAWEC) and the initiating of a highly concessional draft Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between the two Utilities to be presented for approval by their respective Boards for final signature.
The PPA deal, the release stated, would interconnect cross-border points of KeurAyib (Zone 1), Karang (Zone 2), TambaKunda (zone 3) and supply by SENELEC immediately to NAWEC between three (3)MW to ten (10) MW and possibility of expanding the capacity of the network grows. The supply from SENELEC will significantly complement NAWEC`s efforts and very soon, most parts of rural Gambia will start enjoying 24hrs of electricity supply, a significant milestone in the rural electrification
In a release send to eyeafrica tv, stated that the outcome of the visit was the finalization of a memorandum of understanding between the two national utilities (SENELEC & NAWEC) and the initiating of a highly concessional draft Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between the two Utilities to be presented for approval by their respective Boards for final signature. The PPA deal, the release stated, would interconnect cross-border points of KeurAyib (Zone 1), Karang (Zone 2), TambaKunda (zone 3) and supply by SENELEC immediately to NAWEC between three (3)MW to ten (10) MW and possibility of expanding the capacity of the network grows.
The supply from SENELEC will significantly complement NAWEC`s efforts and very soon, most parts of rural Gambia will start enjoying 24hrs of electricity supply, a significant milestone in the rural electrification
The objective is to align policies, strategies and mutually defend each other’s interest, given that both countries belong in the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), Gambia River Basin Development Organisation (OMVG), Senegalo-Gambia Permanent Secretariat and the Mauritania-Senegal-Gambia-Guinea Bissau-Guinea Conakry Basin (MSGBC geological Basin).
The Prime Minister thanked the Hon. Minister and welcomed the initiative and confirmed his government’s firm commitment and full support. He urged both parties to expeditiously take the necessary next step of formalizing the energy and petroleum cooperation through Diplomatic channels.

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