Gambia River Organization for Development (OMVG) Power Project Updates
The OMVG project is progressing with the construction of the Brikama and Jabang OMVG substations which will be completed by the end of the year. The OMVG is also known as the Gambia River Basin Development Organization Project.
This was revealed recently, when The National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), a utility company based in The Gambia, visited the GERM-funded project with the aim of carrying out assessments and inspections of the works in progress.
According to Benedict Jarjue, Quality and Standards Manager of the Transmission and Distribution Department, were working on the Brikama substation to connect the power supply of the OMVG from Brikama to Jabang, where another substation is under construction, via a transmission line.
One of the major innovations was a national control center, which he said will reduce the burden on NAWEC by eliminating the need for staff to travel up and down to control their networks. He also added that they would soon be making the final connections.
Expectations for Brikama and Jabang OMVG Substations
Completion of the Brikama and Jabang OMVG substation projects, according to NAWEC Public Relations Officer Pierre Sylva, would alleviate the power crisis in the Greater Banjul region, commending the countries involved in the project for their collaboration.
The contractor of the Jabang OMVG substation project, TBEA Co.Ltd., which is a Chinese manufacturer of power transformers and other electrical equipment, and a developer of transmission projects, formerly known as Tebian Electric Apparatus is the project, guaranteed to complete the project by the end of the year.
Representative of the contractual consulting firm, Mercados-Aries Internationalwhose main responsibility is to ensure that the work is of high quality and to hold the contracted construction company accountable, ensures that standards and quality are achieved.
The 20 MW Saltinho hydroelectric project in West Africa will be built
Gambia River basin organization (OMVG) is preparing and structuring the construction project of the 20 MW Saltinho run-of-river hydroelectric power plant in West Africa-Guinea-Bissau. The hydroelectric plant will be built on the Corubal River.
The OMVG is an organization of regional member states seeking to promote energy sharing and improve the quality of power supply in Senegal, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia.
The Saltinho project is part of a wider extension of the regional network project that will interconnect the electrical networks of the OMVG member states. The expansion project is funded by several organizations, including the African Development Bank (AfDB) through its Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa, the United Nations Industrial Development Fund, the Center for Renewable Energy and the energy efficiency of ECOWAS and the Austrian Development Bankaccording to the OMVG.
According to a 2015 AfDB report, the OMVG regional energy project also includes a proposed 128 MW hydropower plant that will produce 402 GWh annually and an interconnection network of 1,677 kilometers including 15 transformer stations and two transmission centers. distribution. The regional project is estimated at approximately US$204 million
However, the main objective of this project is to strengthen regional cooperation and integration in the energy sector by building renewable and low-cost energy for the four countries. The organization will inject more efforts to improve people’s well-being and promote economic development in the region.
This project will be implemented in the OMVG countries, including Senegal, Guinea, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. The project includes Component 1: T-Line Interconnection Component 2: Kaleta Dam Component 3: Technical Assistance 4: Sambangalou Dam Component. The African Development Bank plans to provide financing of $180 million for this project.
The Samba Ngallo dam hydroelectric project in Guinea to reach The Gambia
The Gambian government, through the Gambia River Basin Development (OMVG) project officials, has announced that the interconnecting transmission and distribution line for hydropower supply to the Samba Ngallo dam project in Guinea will reach The Gambia in 2019.
Fafa Sanyang, Minister of Energy of The Gambia, confirmed the news and welcomed that the OMVG interconnection project will put the country’s energy roadmap on a positive path by opening up the market for electricity. energy of the region.
“The project is part of The Gambia’s energy roadmap and one of the cheapest and cleanest sources of energy. It also opens up the energy market in West Africa. Other dams are under construction and ready, and we aim to supply all of West Africa,” said Fafa Sanyang.
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OMVG Interconnection Project
The OMVG interconnection project consists of the construction of the first phase of 1,677 km of 225 volt transmission network capable of handling 88 MW of energy. This will be the extension of the transmission network of the West African Power Pool.
The second phase of the project will include the construction of 15 substations of 225/30 kW each. Two of the substations will be constructed in The Gambia. The project is expected to take 18 months to complete transmission work on the network. The other member countries of the project are Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry.
“The construction of the OMVG transmission lines has reached 16 contractors today, and the materials for the interconnection lines are already on the ground in the four countries. We are looking at renewable energy from dams to distribute to countries,” said Dr. Antonio Serifo Embalo, Chairman of the OMVG Council of Ministers.
“We have already mobilized the funding, which is US$722 million. The four countries have signed the contracts. We are also working on transmission and distribution lines from The Gambia to Senegal,” he added.
Senegal grants US 35.26M for construction of power transmission line from Tanaff to Ziguinchor
the Export-Import (Exim) Bank of India granted the Republic of Senegal a buyer’s credit (financing granted by a bank to a foreign buyer, enabling it to pay a supplier of goods and services in cash) of US$35.26 million for the construction of a transmission line 225 kV Tanaff power station in Ziguinchor.
The corresponding loan agreement was signed in Dakar, the capital of the West African country, between Selva Kumar, the resident representative of Exim Bank India in Abidjan, and Tinder Hottthe Senegalese Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation.
About the project
The project in question includes the construction of an overhead electricity transmission line of approximately 92 kilometers from Tanaff to Ziguinchor as well as bay extensions in Tanaff and Ziguinchor.
It will be implemented by Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltda subsidiary of the Kalpataru Group and one of the world’s largest players in the power transmission and EPC infrastructure sector.
The project aims to secure electricity supply to the southern part of Senegal, including Tambacounda, Ziguinchor and Tanaff, upon completion, and to reduce operating costs and the price per kilowatt hour.
It will also launch the interconnection of the 225 kV power transmission line with the Gambia River Basin Development Organization (OMVG) energy project which includes the Sambangalou hydroelectric facilities (128 MW) – in Senegal – and Kaléta (240 MW) – in Senegal. Guinea -, as well as a 225 kV interconnection line and associated substations.
The OMVG energy project
The OMVG Energy Project is developed by the Gambia River Basin Development Organization (OMVG)which is a sub-regional organization responsible for implementing the integrated development programs of The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Senegal, with a view to the harmonious exploitation of the common resources of the Gambia, Kayanga-Géba rivers and Koliba-Corubal.