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Electricity Sector

The regulation of the electricity sector falls under the purview of PURA. Following the approval of the National Energy Policy in 2005, and the enactment of the Electricity Act, the electricity sector in The Gambia has seen significant improvements. The monopoly NAWEC (National Water and Electricity Company) earlier enjoyed in the generation of electricity ended with the opening of the generationmarket to the private sector. NAWEC, however still maintains its monopoly status in the distribution and transmission sectors.

Electricity Generation

Rural Electrification

The Government launched the rural Electrification project in 2007 which built new power plants in all the major provincial towns. All the engines are diesel units, however another feature of the project was the construction of extensive transmission and distribution networks in several villages and towns in the rural areas. Electricity services were significantly improved with most localities experiences in excess of 12 hours of electricity per day, 6 hrs in the morning and 6 hrs in the evenings.

The regulation of the electricity sector falls under the purview of PURA. Following the approval of the National Energy Policy in 2005, and the enactment of the Electricity Act, the electricity sector in The Gambia has seen significant improvements. The monopoly NAWEC (National Water and Electricity Company) earlier enjoyed in the generation of electricity ended with the opening of the generationmarket to the private sector. NAWEC, however still maintains its monopoly status in the distribution and transmission sectors.

Greater Banjul Area

NAWEC still maintains its Kotu Power Station as the major generating power house supported by a number of stand alone power stations in the major provincial towns. The current maximum available capacity at Kotu Power Station is 25.3 MW at peak load.

In 2006, an independent Power producer, an IPP became operational with a new power plant in Brikama with an installed capaicty of 26MW. This new injection of privately generated power resulted in major improvements in the sector. There are also two relatively small renewable IPPs  introducing renewable energy in the energy mix of the country.

The table below gives the number installed capacity in the provincial power stations.