PRESS RELEASE: USE OF DRONES TO SURVEY COMMUNITIES AS PART OF ECOREAP EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY IN RURAL AREAS

PRESS RELEASE: USE OF DRONES TO SURVEY COMMUNITIES AS PART OF ECOREAP EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY IN RURAL AREAS

 

FONI, The Gambia, 20th April 2022 – The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), hereby wishes to inform the public that in line with the Government’s Development Plan of providing universal access to electricity to the Gambian population by 2025, it has commenced surveying and infrastructural activities in this regard. One of such efforts is through the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOREAP) implemented in The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mali. The goal of this project is to provide access to electricity to rural communities. Communities in the Central River Region, North Bank Region, Lower River Region, and West Coast Region will benefit from this project.

 

Before commencing the infrastructural work needed to facilitate the electrification of these communities, surveying of the areas must be completed. NAWEC recruited a contractor named KEI Industries Ltd. to implement the project including the survey works. Due to the large number of communities needed to be surveyed, the contractor opted to use drones in order to efficiently and accurately survey the targeted areas. These drones were meant to contribute to the surveying efforts by providing information such as GPS coordinates and the landscape of the areas, to enable the team to plan and map out the infrastructural work needed to bring electricity to these villages.

 

We wish to reassure the public, especially communities in Foni where the drone surveying was recently conducted, that this activity was implemented in line with the goal of bringing electricity to remote parts of their communities. Additionally, we wish to dispel any myths and misconceptions surrounding the usage of these drones and want to assure the public that the drones were solely used as part of the efforts under ECOREAP to expand electricity access to rural communities.

 

We also solicit the kind support of the Governor of the West Coast Region, National Assembly Members, Alkalos, and Chiefs, in cooperating with the contractors to ensure smooth implementation of the project. At the finalization of the surveying in Foni, surveying of the remaining regions will commence. We wish to reassure the public once more that the use of drones is solely for the purpose of enabling effective planning of infrastructural work to provide access to electricity in rural communities.

 

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NAWEC AND SENELEC SIGNED A 50MW POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT (PPA)

1st April 2022

PRESS RELEASE

NAWEC AND SENELEC SIGNED A 50MW POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT (PPA)

 

DAKAR, SENEGAL, 31st March 2022 – The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) wishes to inform the public that it has signed a power purchase agreement with the Société Nationale d’électricité du Sénégal (Senelec). The Managing Director of NAWEC, Mr Nani Juwara, and the Director General of Senelec, Mr Papa Mademba Biteye, signed the agreement in Dakar, Senegal, which is meant to facilitate the importation of 50 megawatts of electricity through the Soma and Brikama OMVG  substations for a period of five years. NAWEC will initially use 30 megawatts this year on a take-and-pay basis.

 

With the signing of this agreement and the completion of the 225kV transmission lines and substations of the OMVG from Kaolack-Soma-Brikama, NAWEC for the first time ever has secured sufficient power capacity in the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) to meet current demand. The new OMVG transmission line has been connected to the local network and the final stages of commissioning and testing are completed.

 

“This is only one of many steps underway to provide stable electricity to our people. It is a very important milestone that we have been working towards for some time” Mr Nani Juwara, Managing Director of NAWEC highlighted at the signing ceremony.

 

The next and most transformative step to stabilizing the electricity supply will be to complete the upgrading and extension of the distribution networks.  NAWEC has been working hard to maintain and expand existing services while also meeting the rapid growth in demand. However, due to the very poor condition of the network inherited in 2017, this is a huge task that requires extensive investment, which is being negotiated through a series of funders. To this extent, NAWEC requests the patience of the public as they strive to address this through major restructuring to provide better services.

 

The capacity for imports through the OMVG transmission line to GBA is 150 megawatts, so there is a significant increase in the potential to meet the growth in demand with sufficient expansion of the distribution network.

 

NAWEC is grateful to The Gambia government for facilitating the required funding by donors and lenders,  particularly in this instance, The World Bank, African Development Bank and The Kuwaiti Fund for the generous funds that have contributed towards the completion of the transmission lines and substations Special thanks to the OMVG for the coordination and the final delivery of this important infrastructure for our countries.

This milestone underlines the fact that the NAWEC turnaround program is yielding results.

“We take this occasion to remind you all that our vision at NAWEC is to become one of the best managed and financially viable water and electricity companies in West Africa” Mr Juwara concluded.

PRESS RELEASE – NAWEC moves to address delays in meter shipments

PRESS RELEASE

NAWEC moves to address delays in meter shipments

 

NAWEC acknowledges that responses to meter applications are taking longer than normal. This is due to the worldwide Covid-related supply chain challenges, which are disrupting shipments everywhere, including meters and other components.

NAWEC is therefore reassessing its supply chain strategies to make them more resilient. Measures being taken to improve the situation include:

  1. Increasing stock levels and warehouse capacities.
  2. Identifying a wider range of suppliers, including closer to home.
  3. Performing regular supplier audits.
  4. Considering alternative logistic options, including via Dakar Port whenever economically justifiable.

To meet the demands of its customers, NAWEC recognizes the need to act more flexibly and quickly. Thanks to the new Management Information System currently being installed, NAWEC’s various departments will be able to interact more quickly. This will allow the group to deliver results that better serve its customer’s needs. For example, it will also help the company move towards a cashless business environment. The new Information Management System will also help NAWEC better track inventory and thus avoid delays. Coupled with the above-mentioned strategies NAWEC is confident that its response rates to meter applications will increase significantly once new supply sources and routes are in place.

Please be aware that while the IMS system is up and running, it is common throughout the world to have occasional glitches as such systems are initially put in place. Please be assured that this is normal and that NAWEC will be working hard to remove any that occurs as quickly as possible.

NAWEC wishes to thank its clients for their continued cooperation and patience while it embarks on major reforms. These will positively transform the way it does business and serves its customers.

NAWEC values all comments and feedback from its customers.  This information, both positive and negative, will help the organization continually make improvements.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE FOR THE ATTENTION OF PERSONS AFFECTED BY THE PROJECT (PAP) BY THE JAMBUR SOLAR PV PLANT WITH BATTERY STORAGE

NATIONAL WATER AND ELECTRICITY COMPANY

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR THE ATTENTION OF PERSONS AFFECTED BY

THE PROJECT (PAP) BY THE JAMBUR SOLAR PV PLANT WITH BATTERY STORAGE

As part of the Gambia Electricity Restoration and Modernization Project (GERMP), the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) has identified different persons affected by the Jambur Solar PV Plant in the West Coast Region. For the implementation of the RAP, those affected persons need to be fairly compensated prior to the works.

The People Affected by the Project (PAP) are requested to contact without delay, the Consultant, INOVA, which is mandated by NAWEC to carry out the implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to provide their support for the payment of their compensation. The list of PAP who are not yet identified are attached on the Appendix.

The deadline for making the site available for this project is imminent. The Ministry of Lands and Regional Government (MoLRG) has issued the “NOTICE OF REQUIREMENT OF LAND FOR PUBLIC PURPOSE AT JAMBUR VILLAGE” in accordance with the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act (LACA).

The office of the Consultant, INOVA is in the village of Jambur on the laterite road near the Alkalo de Jambur house.

The Consultant can be reached by phone on the following numbers: 277 35 88 / 957 14 71/331 42 96

The Project Coordinator


Appendix: The list of PAPs who never appear in the office

PAP ID PAP Name
1 MKK 03 Aminata Bah
2 MKK 04 Fatou B. Sadibou, and Mariama Ceesay
3 MKK 06 Kabba Gassama
4 MKK 09 Kawsu Drammeh
5 MKK 29 Mamudou Gakana
6 MKK 34 Abdou Keita
7 MKK 35 Haji Gakana
8 MKK 37 Momodou Alpha Jallow
9 MKK 39 Saidou Muhamadou Jallow OK
10 MKK 42 Mamudou Ceesay
11 MKK 47 Alhaji Cham
12 MKK 50 Lamin Gibba
13 MKK 52 Modou Gomez
14 MKK 53 Hamidou Baldeh
15 MKK 57 Musa Sisso
16 MKK 69 Mama Jarra
17 MKK 71 Ebrima O. Badjie
18 MKK 72 Mustapha Sanyang
19 MKK 75 Baboucarr Y. Sanyang
20 MKK 76 Muhammed Sillah c/o Essa Jabby
21 MKK 77 Essa Jabby
22 MKK 82 Gibi Jallow c/o Momodou Alieu Jallow
23 MKK 83 Bubacarr Jallow
24 MKK 86 Seedou Sawo c/o Abdoulie Sawo
25 MKK 87 Gambian Living in Benin c/o Talhatu Jallow
26 MKK 91 Kawsu Sillah
27 MKK 95 Mahmud Ceesay
28 MKK 101 Fatoumata Barry
29 MKK 102 Mamadou Alieu Barry c/o Fatoumata Barry
30 MKK 104 Buray L. Joof
31 MKK 106 Ebrima Ceesay