‘Our transmission & distribution network is aged’

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-says EDSA Director General

September 28, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

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EDSA Director-General, Ing. Milton Ngegbai

Director-General of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) has yesterday stated that their current transmission and distribution network was of age and needed to be replaced to ensure improved network performance.

EDSA came into existence by an Act of Parliament in 2011 as part of the reforms undertaken in the energy sector.

Ing. Milton Ngegbai, who was presenting the institution’s 2019 budget and strategic plan, as well as achievements for the year under review, said the aged machines were affecting their network performance in a negative light.

“There is need for an immediate replacement of all these obsolete machines and items. Some portion is over 50 years with a good number of equipment that has outlived their economic useful life are still in service, leading to poor network performance,” he said.

He highlighted inadequate spare parts and tools, utility vehicles, bikes and logistics, high system losses and the inability to electrify district headquarter towns and rural communities as some of their weaknesses.

In all of this, Ing. Ngegbai said they can still boast of experienced and skilled workers to get the job done and good working relationship with local and international partners.

“We are ready to ensure the provision of adequate electricity supply to Sierra Leoneans but we need the funds. The formulation of the strategic plan is to address some of the challenges the sector is being faced with, including supply and demand imbalance,” he noted.      

With regards installation of pre-paid meters, the EDSA boss disclosed that they still have in stock 7,000 and in the next three weeks, the will be installing faulty meters.

Also, he stated that they were aware of voltage levels in some communities but stressed that they cannot dispatch all the demands needed. He cited illegal installation of meters in some areas by unscrupulous individuals as one of the problems affecting voltage levels but admitted that some areas needed transformers.

Principal Deputy Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mathew Dingie, commended the institution for presenting a fine strategic plan, indicating what they hope to do in the 2019 financial year.