Bumbuna Phase II power project in the offing

Bumbuna Phase II power project Endeavor Energy, a privately owned independent power development and generation company backed by Denham Capital and Joule Africa,an international power developer, have entered into an agreement to jointly develop the Bumbuna Phase II Power Project, an hydroelectric power (HEP) project in Sierra Leone.

Bumbuna Phase II will add an additional 202 megawatts to the existing 50 megawatts at Bumbuna HEP. Endeavor Energy, which received an initial commitment from Denham’s US$3 billion Fund VI in June has agreed to fund the remaining development costs for the project and will invest up to 75 percent of the equity at financial close (estimated US$150million).

Joule Africa has completed the feasibility study for the development of the second phase of Bumbuna and, the parties are now ready to launch the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) tender.

A shortlist representing some of the most respected EPC firms from across five continents has been selected. International hydro engineering firm, Lahmeyer International, has already carried out the feasibility and design work, whilst Environmental and Social studies are also being carried out by Environmental Resources Management, the world’s leading sustainability consultancy.

Lenders to the project will likely include the African Development Bank, IFC and Emerging Markets Infrastructure Fund along with a club of European development finance institutions.

Sean Long, CEO of Endeavor Energy said they are pleased to have teamed up with Joule Africa and the Government of Sierra Leone to jointly complete the expansion of the Bumbuna Phase II in a public private partnership.

Andrew Cavaghan, CEO of Joule Africa said the announcement follows two years of hard work as they jointly structured this important and essential expansion to the Bumbuna HEP with the Government of Sierra Leone. Cavaghan added that they are very much looking forward to moving this project forward with Endeavor Energy and are confident in the level of support from the international financing community. Joule Africa is also delighted by the short list of EPC contractors.

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy, Honorable Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, said they are delighted by the progress made by Joule Africa and the manner in which they have engaged in the issues of concern to the Government. The minister added that they are hopeful that this important project will be developed to the highest international standards, delivering a timely expansion to the current installed energy generation capacity in Sierra Leone.