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Much of the Sierra Leone’s power generation capacity was hampered during the civil war. The country currently experiences frequent blackouts and in the Freetown peninsula, electricity supply is available to customers only for a few hours every week. Most areas in the interior of the country are wholly or largely are without access electricity.

About 90% of Sierra Leone's electricity is consumed in the country's four main cities: The capital city of Freetown uses 82% of the country’s electrical power, followed by Kenema which uses 3%, Bo uses 3%, and Makeni uses 2% of the country’s power supply.

Sierra Leon is reasonably well endowed with energy resources, particularly biomass energy (forestry), hydroelectricity and other renewable energy sources (such as solar energy). There is an extensive network of rivers and tributaries that provide a large hydroelectric power potential conservatively estimated at 1,200 MW.

Sierra Leone's power generation relies substantially on fuel oil imports. Freetown's electricity supply comes from the oil-powered Kingtom power generating station, which struggles to provide a continual and an uninterrupted power supply, due to it being in poor condition.

The National Power Authority (NPA) is responsible for providing electricity to Sierra Leone. The company was previously named the Sierra Leone Electricity Corporation (SLEC). It holds a monopoly in the Western area. In recent years the NPA has been undergoing privatization, allowing more investment and financial support for projects in the country’s electrical power sector.

Sierra Leone Electricity Utilities

  • National Authority Power (NPA): is responsible for the electricity supply in Sierra Leone and is involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power throughout the country.

Key Figures

  • Electricity produced: 80 million KWh (2007)
  • Electricity consumed: 74.4 million KWh (2007)
  • Electricity Exported: 0 KWh (2008)
  • Electricity Imported: 0 KWh (2008)

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