April 12, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
STEG International Services, a Tunisian based company, which was contracted to undertake the procurement, installation and commissioning of the reinforcement and extension of medium and low voltage network, as well as the supply of prepaid meters and vending stations in the Western Area, is set to complete the addendum of the electricity facility in the Western Area.
STEG International Services is currently implementing an Islamic Development Bank (IDB) project, which costs over eleven million United States Dollars (US$11m). It started the implementation in October, 2015 and completed in December, 2016 but an addendum to the project was also signed by STEG.
An expert engineer from LUCY, a United Kingdom (UK) based company that manufactured the equipment procured by STEG for the project, has arrived and staff of both Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) and STEG are being trained on how to maintenance the sub-station machines established by the project.
Yesterday morning at High Broad Street, Murray Town, the expert engineer was busy doing maintenance work and testing a 200KVA sub-station machine before it could be connected to the electricity network.
STEG International Services’ Project Coordinator, Alhaji Mohamed Tarawally, said the manufacturers of the equipment used for the project sent their own engineers to check and ensure as to whether STEG’s staff did a good job.
“After this addendum, electricity distribution and supply will be improved in the Western Area. We are allowing our staff and that of EDSA to be trained on how to do the maintenance work in the absence of the expert engineer. This is a way of ensuring sustainability of the facilities we have installed,” he said in a snappy interview with Concord Times at High Broad Street.
Residents of Murray Town, who were at the scene yesterday, expressed optimism over the improvement of electricity supply in their community.
They thanked President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and his Minister of Energy, Ambassador Henry Macauley, for providing steady supply of electricity in their community.