Gambian Govt. Set To Electrify 46 Villages

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The government of Gambia has planned to electrify 46 villages in the Sami and Sami District starting with LaminKoto Diabu in 2023.

The state agencies detailed for the execution are The Gambia Energy Restoration and Modernisation Project (GERMP) and The Gambia National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC).

NAWEC disclosed this through a statement and stated, “Under this project, we have two other sub-components that are component 2.3 which is the distribution backbones in the provinces. There, we have two phases- phase one is dealing with Laminkoto Diabuku lines.

“We will be electrifying about 46 villages in the Sami District, and as of now, progress is going in Laminkoto Diabuku because the installation has started and we are expecting the commissioning of the project to be around March 2023.

“Phase two would deal with the Upper River Region North and South and some part of North Bank Region “and the contract was effective 12 October 2022 and is an 18-month contract,” she added.

“Our institution is expecting to commission the JAM component which covers about 233 villages by the first quarter of 2024.”

Also, the Managing Director of NAWEC, Nani Juwara said the objective of the GERMP is to upgrade the country’s transmission and dissemination network from 33kb to 225kb.

He added, “This is the first time that NAWEC is implementing its own high voltage. Jabang is the centre of activities where the main switch is located for the 225kb.

“Brikama is where we have our national control centre and all transmission networks will be connected to Brikama and we will control everything remotely unlike the manual system we have currently”.

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