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  • Thursday, 18 April 2024
Energy Minister Holds Talks with Karpowership to Address $40 Million Debt on Electricity Supply

Energy Minister Holds Talks with Karpowership to Address $40 Million Debt on Electricity Supply

The Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, recently held discussions with Karpowership's management to resolve a $40 million debt owed by the Sierra Leone government for electricity supply. This debt is a significant issue that needs to be addressed promptly to ensure the continued provision of electricity to the country.

 

Austine Luseni, the Communication Specialist at the Ministry of Energy, confirmed this news and stated that the Turkish energy firm, Karpowership, had threatened to halt its power generation activities in Freetown due to the unresolved debt. This decision would have had serious implications for the capital city, as Karpowership contributes around sixty-five (65) megawatts of power generation capacity, meeting eighty (80) percent of Freetown's total electricity demand.

 

The potential power outage highlights the importance of resolving the debt issue as soon as possible. Karpowership is a key player in the floating power plant industry and has been supplying electricity to Sierra Leone through agreements with the country's state power utility, the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA).

 

The Minister of Energy assured the public that the government is actively working to resolve the debt situation and that a win-win agreement will be reached with Karpowership. This commitment is essential to ensure the continued stability and availability of electricity in Sierra Leone.

 

The successful resolution of this debt issue will not only maintain the power supply in Freetown but will also demonstrate the government's commitment to ensuring essential services for its citizens. It is a critical step towards improving the country's energy infrastructure and ensuring a reliable and sustainable electricity supply for all Sierra Leoneans.

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