Sierra Leone awards North Africa’s STEG-IS prepaid meter contract

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In Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Energy has awarded a contract for 10,000 prepaid meters and vending stations to STEG International Services (STEG-IS), a subsidiary of Tunisian Power and Gas Company, in a bid to improve the National Power Authority’s revenue collection. 

STEG-IS will procure, install and commission the prepaid meters as well as reinforce and extend the medium and low voltage network affecting the supply of electricity in the capital Freetown.

Financial Secretary, Edmond Koroma, confirmed the advance payment for STEG-IS will be provided by the Islamic Development Bank saying the project was “long overdue”.

STEG-IS has just completed a rollout of 50,000 prepaid meters in Rwanda, confirmed deputy general director Jamil Korked.

US$16 million into energy

The World Bank has also initiated a US$16 million Energy Access Project for Sierra Leone with objectives to reduce losses in electricity supply in Freetown Capital Western Area, improve commercial performance of the National Power Authority and increase access to electricity in selected rural areas.

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