Recently, some key players in the industry The Gambia’s energy industry expressed worry that government’s desire for an immediate solution to the energy crisis might have forced them into an unproductive deal with the Turkey-based Kinesis Company.
But Amie Bojang Sisohore, the State House Communications Director denied any knowledge of a power purchasing agreement between Nawec and Kinesis, adding that there is a special committee that is vetting all companies that have expressed interest in investing in the state’s energy industry.
“Regarding Kinesis, a discussion is going on and there is a committee that was set up to work on all proposals that have been sent to government and that discussion is on.
“Kinesis is proposing a generator and not alternative or clean energy… Kinesis has expressed interest in working with Gambia in the area of energy and we have been consulting with them for a long time with respect to Nawec,” she said.
Bojang said she cannot confirm if Kinesis was awarded some other contracts but says there were several foreign companies that have expressed interest in investing in NAWEC and their proposals are being reviewed to complement its investment gaps.
“Regarding energy, a lot of proposals are on the table and the government has to look at all those proposals to see which one is for the best interest of the country,” she said.
One of the pressing issues facing Barrow’s young administration is energy inefficiency characterized by frequent power outages of the national energy company, NAWEC.
Barrow visited the public company two weeks ago to see the work that is being done to provide electricity to the population following a barrage of criticisms directed at his government.