The Turkish operator Karpower is one in every of three sources of electrical energy to Sierra Leone’s capital metropolis.
Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown has been hit by energy cuts, its power minister mentioned on Friday, after Turkey’s Karpowership switched off electrical energy provide attributable to an unpaid debt of round $40m.
Minister Kanja Sesay informed the Reuters information company that the excellent quantity “was accrued over time as a result of the federal government subsidises greater than half the fee the ship costs per kilowatt hour”.
He mentioned the federal government needed to spend extra on the subsidy as a result of it costs customers within the weak native Leone foreign money, one in every of worst performing towards the greenback through which it pays the ability supplier.
A authorities fee has been set as much as evaluation shopper electrical energy tariffs which may double.
Karpowership, one of many world’s largest operators of floating energy crops and a part of the Karadeniz Vitality Group, signed offers in 2018 and 2020 to supply electrical energy to Sierra Leone’s state energy utility.
The corporate has made comparable offers with a number of African international locations battling electrical energy provide.
Karpowership has but to touch upon the event.
The corporate says on its web site that it deployed round 65 megawatt energy technology capability to Sierra Leone since 2020 and has been supplying 80 % of its whole electrical energy wants.
Sesay mentioned the switch-off by Karpowership had lowered electrical energy provide to the capital by 13 %. Electrical energy is now being rationed within the capital with houses and companies are going with out electrical energy for hours day by day.
Karpower is one in every of three sources of electrical energy to town – the opposite two embody the nation’s hydro dam and energy from an interconnection with Ivory Coast which additionally provides Guinea and Liberia.
Sesay mentioned Karpower provide is generally wanted in the course of the dry season when water ranges at its dam are low. Dependence on the agency is lowered in the course of the wet season. The nation is presently on the peak of its Could to November wet season.