Sierra Leone gets first independent power plant

Sierra Leone is to install its first independent power project, a 57MW heavy oil-fired plant. IFC, part of the World Bank Group, today announced it has committed $27 million (£22.2m) to support the project and mobilised a further $109 million (£90m) of funding from other institutions. The country’s power sector is suffering after decades of war, […]

UK – Sierra Leone partnership ‘will attract more energy investors’

  The UK and Sierra Leone partnership will attract more businesses to invest in the country’s energy sector. That’s according to Henry Macauley, Energy Minister of Sierra Leona who told ELN: “I think the partnership that we are developing with DFID [Department for International Development] by the time it accelerates and rams up I’m sure it […]

Charity claims biofuel ‘land grab’ has left thousands hungry in Sierra Leone

A Swiss biofuels firm has been accused of leaving thousands hungry in Sierra Leone – one of Africa’s poorest countries – by the charity ActionAid. But Addax Bioenergy has stringently rebuffed the criticism in an open letter to ActionAid and has described the report as “flawed in many respects”. Addax will soon begin the first commercial shipping […]

West Africa ‘very promising’ for oil and gas

West Africa has a lot of potential for oil and gas exploration and “major discoveries” could be made in the region. That’s the view of Vagit Alekperov (pictured), President of oil and gas company Lukoil, who made the comment during a press briefing in London earlier today. He said West Africa, especially Sierra Leone, is […]