The Generator (G3) of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), which was reported to be under routine maintenance is expected to resume operations today. The Daily Observer received this news yesterday, during a caravan tour in Brikama and Kotu power stations, respectively.
Baboucarr Faal, power generation director stationed at Kotu, said that the operation of this generator was going to help immensely in solving the electricity supply crises in the Greater Banjul Area. He went on to add that NAWEC is doing its utmost best to ensure that the other generators as well as the G4, is fixed towards the Ramadan, adding that this would help the customers a lot.
“We all know that the demand for electricity is always very high during Ramadan, this is why we are making our efforts to ensure that the G4 power supply is improved before the end of Ramadan. We have seven generators in total and four are in operations. Three engines are down and some of them are very old and if G3 resumes operation today, it would increase the number of functioning generators to 5.” he said.
Alain Moreau, the plant manager at Brikama Power Station said that they do go through a lot of challenges whenever there is a breakdown, adding that this always result to blackout, which is inconvenient. “In such situations, we try as much as possible to resume fast and at the moment we don’t have enough machines to help in our operations so as to supply everyone at the same time. The G3 will be our fifth operating machine and if we get the sixth operational, then half of our problems would be solved.”