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The Division is headed by a Director and is divided into three regions in the provinces viz: Basse, Bansang and Farafenni. The organizational structure of the provincial operations covers water and electricity services.

Rural Electrification Project

The first of the Rural Electrification Project (REP) was completed in June 2007. The production centres are as follows: Barra/Essau, Basse, Bansang, Farafenni, Kaur and Kerewan

Electricity Supply in Provinces

In 2012, NAWEC produced some 8.6 GWh of electricity in the provinces compared to 11.7 GWh in 2011 representing about 26% decrease in electricity production. During 2012, even though there has been an unprecedented demand of electricity, production dropped due to major generation constraints such as maintenance works. One of the constant loss makers is the public street lighting in the provinces, for which meter reading will soon be restored by NAWEC.

 

Genset

Install

Type

Total Installed

Fuel

Location/Unit

 

Kw

 

Kw

Type

Essau

G1

200

 

400

LFO

 

G2

200

 

 

 

Farafenni

G1

600

 

3300

LFO

 

G2

600

 

 

 

 

G3

1800

Caterpillar

 

 

 

G4

1500

Caterpillar

 

 

Kerewan

G1

100

 

1000

LFO

 

G2

60

 

 

 

 

G3

60

Out

 

 

 

G4

400

IVOCO

 

 

 

G5

500

VOLVO

 

 

Kaur

G1

60

 

480

LFO

 

G2

60

 

 

 

 

G3

60

 

 

 

 

G4

300

Parkins

 

 

Bansang

G1

200

 

1100

LFO

 

G2

200

 

 

 

 

G3

200

maintenance

 

 

 

G4

500

 

 

 

Basse

G1

600

 

4720

LFO

 

G2

600

 

 

 

 

G3

1600

Parkins

 

 

 

G4

800

Cumings

 

 

 

G5

1120

Mitsubishi

 

 

Total

 

 

 

11000

 

 

With a total transmission network of over 300km, the rural electrification provides forty-six (46) villages and towns to access electricity. The provincial transmission system was commissioned in 2006 and 2007. It is expected that both the generation, transmission and distribution networks will be further expanded through the second phase of the Rural Electrification Expansion Project to cover additional 44 villages. NAWEC’s plan in the medium and long term is to establish a national grid.

As a result of the high diesel fuel input, the operation results will, however, remain negative. Up to now, it has been observed that the Local Government authorities and the Central Government, are the major consumers and the non-settlement of their bills has contributed heavily to the negative operation results. The provincial operations continue to be subsidized by NAWEC. The sustainability of the operations is becoming a problem in the wake of rising fuel prices. Thus, in the long-term, under the current conditions, and keeping in mind the forthcoming network expansion, the provincial operations will require subsidies from government for sustainability. Over the years, NAWEC is getting extremely concerned  that municipalities and councils, in a scheme to offset their arrears to NAWEC, have been forwarding huge sums of demand notes to the company coming in the form of rates, royalties, operational fees, rent and licences. This phenomenon needs to be addressed with urgency.

Provincial Tariffs

Even though the electricity tariff was increased in 2012, tariff for provincial operations remain highly inadequate due to extreme high cost inputs such as diesel fuel, hence being subsidized.

Major Interventions

Essau:The two Deutz (2x200Kw) were operational. The Volvo 500 kva was overhauled in 2012 and started operations in 2013.

Farafenni:An addition of a 100kva perkins was added for internal operations ie water systems.

Mansakonko:There is less dependence on this station as power is supplied from Farafenni except for boreholes use. The Volvo engine was overhauled and moved to Kerewan.

Kerewan:The station operates with 400kva IVECO and the Volvo from Mansakonko. Plans are in place to move the 100Kw Deutz to Kaur.

Kaur:The 3 x 60 KW Deutz engines were operational. The 300 kva Perkins set is on a major overhaul.

Bansang:Regular preventive interventions are ongoing.

Basse:The 800 KW engine is a Cummins engine, which was installed at the beginning of June 2011 is in use. Regular preventive interventions are ongoing.

Water Supply in the Provinces

Since the 1980s, The Gambia embarked ambitiously on providing safe drinking water and increasing food production through irrigation. Policies, institutional arrangements and legal instruments were put in place to facilitate the provision of safe drinking water to main towns and villages. The only water treatment plant operated by NAWEC in the regions is located in Bansang. There exist 7 water tanks with a total capacity of 3, 600 cum. The water production and efforts to meet safety requirements are ongoing.

The production and distribution of water to rural Gambia is on an upward trend despite numerous challenges.

Challenges faced by the Provincial Operations

·         Inadequate capacity of generators
·         Costly operation and maintenance due to use of diesel fuel
·         Mobility constraints due to cash flow problems
·         Inadequate skilled personnel for vast areas of coverage
·         Spare parts constrains
·         Absence of heavy duty equipment such as crane trucks and excavators for repair works on T&D and water facilities
·         Water treatment related problems of Bansang due to chemical contents of borehole water

 

Way Forward

 

·         Replace and increase generation capacity with Heavy Fuel generator sets
·         Construction of a transmission linking Basse and Brikama with a T-Off linking Farafenni  and use reserves for the              expensive diesel generators for peaking and emergency only
·         Upgrade the water treatment plant or an option of River water treatment in Bansang 

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