By Mohamed Fofanah
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has funded Inglett & Stubbs International to undertake the feasibility studies for the construction of a 192 megawatt (LNG and solar) hybrid power plant near the port of Nitti in the south from Sierra Leone.
If the proposed project is viable and implemented, it will be expected to deliver adequate and affordable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy, Deputy Energy Minister Dr Eldred Tunde said. Taylor, during a kick-off meeting with Inglett and Stubbs International on Thursday at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown.
A team from the energy sector and senior executives from Inglett & Stubbs are expected to visit the site on Friday in Nitti, ahead of a study that will determine whether a power plant is feasible and viable by looking at economic, technical, legal constructability, impacts social, and other related aspects of the proposed project in a predominantly mining area, according to Casey Laws, senior project manager at Inglett & Stubbs International.
Dr Taylor underlined the significance of the project that it is the first large-scale generation project outside of Freetown fully focused on supplying electricity to rural areas, particularly mining operations in the south and south -East.
“Our ministry is excited about the potential of decentralized energy solutions to help us address the deficit, which is particularly severe in rural areas and is holding back economic growth and the well-being of our people,” said Dr Taylor. .
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency grant was awarded on March 4, anticipating the completion of the feasibility study for the 192-megawatt hybrid power plant in October, data from Inglett & Stubbs International.