HomeProjectsBhanka Soka Hydro Power Plant in Sierra Leone

Bhanka Soka Hydro Power Plant in Sierra Leone

The construction of Bhanka Soka Hydro Power Plant in Sierra Leone was completed in 2016 and is located along the Bankasoka river, near Port Loko. The 2 MW plant is currently operational and was funded by the Government of China while UNIDO funded the feasibility study. The 7.7 million euro plant is categorized as a small hydro plant.

Reported in August 2014

Construction of $32 million Bhanka Soko Hydro Power Plant Begins in Sierra Leone

Search for construction leads
  • Region/Country

  • Sector

sierra-leone-constructionThe construction of a United Nations-supported hydropower plant has commenced in north-western Sierra Leone in an effort to bring electricity to the local community, which is expected to benefit from improved irrigation, water, and sanitation services and increased business opportunities.

The three-megawatt capacity plant on the Bankasoka River, near the town of Port Loko, is funded by the Government of China and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), according to the UN agency, which promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization, and environmental sustainability.

“Small and micro hydro plants in rural areas of Sierra Leone will help improve access to modern energy services, and boost market activities and irrigation,” said UNIDO’s Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, who accompanied Sierra Leone’s President, Ernest Bai Koroma, during the laying of the plant’s foundation stone.

Mr. Yumkella said UNIDO is working on a feasibility study for a 10-megawatt hydropower project in Sierra Leone to be funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for $32 million. The GEF is an independent financial organization that provides grants to developing countries and countries with economies in transition for projects related to issues such as biodiversity, climate change, and land degradation.

The head of UNIDO noted that increasing access to modern energy services was a prerequisite for creating social and economic opportunities that should improve the lives of the world’s poorest.

Progress is desperately needed, he said, as one person in five worldwide still lacks access to electricity. Nearly three billion people – more than 40 percent of the world – rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating.

Must Read

The Netherlands to build the world’s largest offshore hydrogen production plant

For the construction of the world’s largest offshore hydrogen production plant in the Netherlands, the Dutch government has selected an area. The area is...

Construction of Mount Hermon Apartments in Florida begins

Mount Hermon Apartments, an affordable senior housing project is now underway in the Fort Lauderdale municipality of Broward county, Florida. Housing Trust Group (HTG)...

Brightline West, Los Angeles to Vegas High-Speed Rail

After reaching an agreement with a group of significant labor unions, Brightline, the corporation behind the project, expects construction on the bullet trains to...

Arror and Kimwarer dams in Kerio Valley, Kenya

Four years after being halted, work on the Kerio dams, consisting of the Arror and Kimwarer dams, is set to resume. This comes after...

Construction of new homes for deportees in Rwanda launched

The foundation stone has been laid for the construction of new homes for deportees in Rwanda. According to Rwanda's Infrastructure Ministry, the project will have...

Plans approved for construction of 32-storey tower at Leadenhall Market in London

Plans have been approved for the construction of a 32-storey tower at Leadenhall Market in London. The Square Mile's "tourist appeal" will be boosted...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here