The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has committed US$4.9 million to finance the remaining project development activities at Joule Africa’s 143MW Bumbuna II hydropower project in Sierra Leone.
“Bumbuna II is considered a critical energy infrastructure project for Sierra Leone which will help to reduce the country’s dependence on fossils fuels and emergency power by providing affordable baseload power. It will double the national electricity generation capacity in the country and help towards the Government of Sierra Leone’s goal of ensuring that at least 30% of the population has access to electricity by 2030.
“We are impressed by the professional manner in which Joule Africa and its local company, Seli Hydropower, are project managing the numerous workstreams involved in developing this hydropower project which will provide much needed, guaranteed, all year-round electricity to the citizens of Sierra Leone,” commented Mohale Rakgate, DBSA’s Group Executive for Project Preparation. “By providing development capital to the Bumbuna II project at this important time, as well as being a prospective senior lender to the project, we are helping to facilitate the bankability and ultimate success of this project. The development of the energy sector is critical to the socio-economic growth of Sierra Leone and is a key element for future planning in a country at the crossroads of major industrial investments.”
Bumbuna II will be located on the Upper Seli River in North East Sierra Leone. The project involves building an extension to the existing 50MW Bumbuna I facility. As will as providing electricty to Sierra Leone, Bumbuna II will also feed into the Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea extension to the West African Power Pool transmission line.