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Sierra Leone News: Energy Minister commissions 33KV earthing transformer

edtcA 33 KV Earthing Transformer under a project funded by the World Bank since 2011 but had not been working for about two years now was on Sunday 28th June 2015 commissioned again by the Minister of Energy Amb. Henry Macauley at the BlackHall Road Power Station in Freetown.
The reason for the giant Earthing transformer breakdown was due to some technical problems it developed two years ago. The Minister of Energy then launched a new installation and repair works on the transformer, and the contract which was given to US Diversified by the Minister himself who indeed proved themselves to the Ministry as they did a good job.
This made the Minister proud of them, as he stated that in life, it is always good to give people opportunity to prove themselves which US Diversified has done in this particular project. Before commissioning, Minister Macauley furthered that the East part of Freetown is the hub of business, where people used electricity far more than the other part of the city.
So, with the 33KV giant Earthling Transformer that circulates current accurately to give the expected output of electricity supply to the people around the East part of Freetown, supply can improve, adding that since the breakdown of the transformer, EDSA had only been able to improvise and give an output of just 11 KV instead of the required 25 – 33 KV supplying only 5MW instead of 25MW from the power Station.
Similar meaningful contributions were made by several personalities present like the Director of Energy Engr. Benjamin Kamara, who chaired the occasion, EDSA Director General Engr. Alhaji Timbo, The Ministry’s Technical Adviser Engr. Dr. Patrick Tarawallie and the Blackhall Road Councilor – Amadu Kargbo.
The head of US Diversified Engineers -Engr. Recardo led the conducted tour to the commissioning.
There were serious problems with power fluctuation and dim light making customers to sometimes switch off the main grid and use generators causing low revenue generation for EDSA.
With this Transformer commissioned, the following advantages are realized – Power will improve in the East from 5MW – 20MW, Sustained and continuous power supply, improved voltage and power fluctuation, increase revenue collection for EDSA, Customers can now stay with the main grid and not generator sets and Bumbuna dam output can be fully utilized.
Tuesday July 30, 2015

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