Thursday, 15 October 2015 17:46

Sierra Leone Energy Utility Reform Project Additional Financing (P154439). Environmental and Social Management Framework

Further to the US$40 million credit facility from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) for the Sierra Leone Energy Sector Utility Reform Project, the Government has requested for an Additional Financing to the tune of US$20million to further improve on the commercial and operational performance of the Electricity and Distribution Supply Authority (EDSA).

This project involve the upgrading and rehabilitation of key primary Medium Voltage (MV) network infrastructure, including aged MV substations and feeder lines in the Greater Freetown area. Due to decades of neglect, primary MV substations are in a state of disrepair, substation batteries and circuit breakers are mostly not functional, and DC supplies nonoperational. Sections of the system are overloaded, protection relays are faulty and there is a serious risk of infrastructure damage occurring as a result of protection system or circuit breaker failure. The envisaged upgrade will require that certain existing links to be replaced with appropriately sized cables/overhead lines, and will help reduced technical losses and enhance reliability. Appropriately matching needed investments in MV feeder upgrade to appropriate investments in corresponding substations will enable systematic system upgrade and protection of infrastructure. The upgrade will also be complementary to network investments effected under the SLIDF energy access project and will form part of a systematic approach to rehabilitate the Freetown network on an incremental basis. In particular it should be noted there has been an increase in demand in certain areas from newly established commercial operations and consideration will be given to expanding the network to meet this demand.

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