Sierra Leone’s Minster of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, has today 14 July 2022 given an upbeat assessment of strides or efforts aimed at providing adequate and reliable electricity in the Western Area and lauded the efforts of CLSG and EDSA engineers in completing the CLSG-Bumbuna-Freetown interconnection works.

It could be recalled that on Wednesday 13 July, 2022, the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority, (EDSA), issued a Press Statement informing the general pubic that the interconnection works, testing and energization of the TRANSCO/CLSG Line from Bumbuna Substation to Freetown had been completed.

Alhaji Kanja Sesay said the development was consistent with the commitment of the Ministry of Energy to realizing the New Direction administration’s overall policy objective in the energy sector, with specific reference to exploring ways to help provide a more reliable and sustainable electricity for residents of Freetown.

He spoke about a variety of energy projects, including ESURP 1 and 11,the Western Area Power Generation Project and other critical projects that had been lined up for the Western Area, noting that the fusion of the CLSG line with the Bumbuna-Freetown line would now provide EGTC and EDSA with another source of power generation to add to the existing two (Bumbuna and Karpowership) that Freetown had had to grapple with.

He said the interconnection would appreciably address the issue of load shedding and atone for unexpected or unforeseen shortfalls or drawbacks that the Bumbuna hydroelectric dam and the Karpowership occasionally face.

The Minister of Energy praised President Julius Maada Bio for his remarkable political leadership and savoir-faire, adding that the type of support the Ministry was receiving from the President portends that there was light at the end of Sierra Leone’s once dark energy tunnel.