President Adama Barrow of the Gambia will Friday commission the first OMVG hydro-electric power station connecting communities from Jarra Soma, Lower River Region to Brikama, West Coast Region.
The project is a part of The Gambia’s Energy Roadmap and one of the cheapest and clean sources of energy.
The ceremony will be attended by Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal and Umara Muctarr Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau.
OMVG is a sub-regional organisation initiated on 30 June 1978, comprising the Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.
The regional head office is based in Dakar, Senegal. The OMVG High Commission is the executing agency of the integrated development programmes of the four-member states for rational and harmonious exploitation of the shared resources.
Currently, the Ministry of Environment Climate Change and Natural Resources (MECCNAR) is implementing the OMVG project in the Gambia.
The OMVG project consists of the construction of the Sambangalou Hydroelectric dam in Guinea with an installed capacity of 128 MW and a 225-KV power transmission line stretching across 1,677 km with 15 high and medium voltage substations and two dispatching centres.
The total cost of the international line and the Sambangalou Hydroelectric dam is estimated at almost US$1.12 billion dollars.