A significant milestone in the Energy Sector transformation was achieved when Ambassador Henry Macauley signed a medium term Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Sinohydro Corporation Limited of China at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Abu Dhabi, last Thursday.
The move is in line with the medium term energy sector strategy presented by the Ministry last year as part of the energy ramp up to 1,000 MW under the Power Purchase Agreements.
The MoUs are for the Financing and Turnkey Delivery of a 30MW HFO plant to be delivered by January 2017, the development of the 100MW Mange Hydroelectric Project and the Ancillary Transmission and Substations to be delivered by 2018/2019 or earlier and the development of the 160Mw Bekongor III Hydroelectric Project and the Ancillary Transmission and Substations to be delivered by 2018/2019.
The Chief Representative of Sinohydro for Africa, Mr Huang Guanghui signed on behalf of his Corporation, and it was witnessed by Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the UAE, Ambassador Alpha Siray Timbo.
Others who witnessed were the Head of Chancery, Mr. Eric Bobson Gamanga, Dr. Patrick Tarawalli, Technical Adviser at the Ministry of Energy and Ms Laura Betts, Confidential Secretary at the Embassy.
In another development, the high-level delegation from the Republic of Sierra Leone headed by the Minister of Energy met with His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to examine ways for strengthening mutual cooperation between the two countries and supporting development projects in the African nation in line with its development priorities.
During the meeting that was held at the ADFD headquarters, the two sides reviewed the progress of development projects funded by ADFD in the Republic of Sierra Leone including the AED20 million Tokeh – Lumley road development and the AED33 million Freetown solar energy project. Both sides also explored avenues of future cooperation in the area of renewable energy projects.