One of Sierra Leone’s important projects in the country, Bumbuna II hydropower has taken another dimension as Electrification Financing Initiative, ElectricFi, commits US$3.5 million of development capital to finance 50% of the external development expenses needed to reach financial close of the 143MW project.
Joule Africa, the project sponsor, signed a 25-year PPA with the Government of Sierra Leone in August 2017 and selected a preferred EPC contractor to construct the project in. Mandated Lead Arrangers for the debt finance will be selected by Joule Africa shortly and construction is scheduled to begin by the end of 2019.
“We are delighted to have secured the support of ElectriFI at this critical stage of development as we ramp up to finalise the financing and start construction. Our team is now focused on completing the remaining activities so that the construction of this important project can begin,” said Andrew Cavaghan, Founder and Executive Chairman of Joule Africa Limited. “When complete, Bumbuna II will provide much-needed, affordable, reliable and clean power for the masses where access to electricity is currently under 20%.”
“Bumbuna II is crucial for the Government of Sierra Leone to stimulate its energy sector and support its economic growth strategy,” added Dominiek Deconinck, ElectriFI Fund Manager. “Bumbuna II will double the national generation capacity; indirectly encourage investments in transmission and distribution network; and allow the Government to show it is capable of managing large international infrastructure investments such as this.
“Joule Africa has demonstrated its capabilities as a professional, dedicated project developer, taking its role seriously, in particular by urging the adequacy of capacity in the Government and by pursuing net gains for the communities and the environment affected by the Project.”