PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT NAWEC informs the general public that the current electricity situation in the GBA is as a result of some maintenance being carried out on two engines in both Brikama and Kotu Power stations since on Monday 4th September, 2017. This has made it extremely difficult for NAWEC to distribute normal supply to all customers at the same time thus stretching the load shedding rooster. Consequently, it has led to the low pressure or lack of water being experienced in the water supply system. NAWEC assures its esteemed customers that extra efforts will be made to keep the rest of the generators available during the period in order to minimize the load shedding as a result of the absence of the engines. NAWEC apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and promises to restore normal supply as soon as works on the engines are completed. Thank you.

Finance Department

The challenge of NAWEC, over the past couple of years, has generally been to access sufficient financial resources to be able to procure fuel and spare parts. With volatile oil prices in the international market, coupled with the need to repair and overhaul some of the engines and lack of fuel pass through mechanism on tariff severely affects the sustainability under the current mode of generation. Notwithstanding, NAWEC with the support of The Gambia government continue to work tirelessly that efficient and affordable services get to the door step of every Gambia.

Tariffs

NAWEC in October 2011 using the PURA approved model applied for 33% tariff increase for water, electricity and sewerage services to meet its basic operational cost.The 33% increasewas obtained for water. However, the major cost driver of NAWEC which is electricity generation received an average 17% increase instead of 33% requested. This left a financing gap that NAWEC had to fill to ensure smooth operation. The massive loss reduction exercise paid dividends but the fact that more than 70% of NAWEC expenses is on fuel and spare parts related, a big gap has to be financed through loans and overdrafts in the absence of a government subsidy.

 

As a measure to increase financial performance, government has been instrumental in helping NAWEC to replace all the conventional electricity meters of all non-critical government institutions and installation and this has, to a great extent, assisted in improving the revenues of the company and as a consequence reduces potential arrears. Recovery of debts owed by Area Councils and some government institutions can significantly alleviate the dire situation of the company and government is currently being engaged by NAWEC to assist in this endeavour. Loss reduction exercises are also on course through the Venezuela project.

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