NIP, S.A. continues to work on energy access programs in the African continent. After the rural electrification design contract of 29 communities located in the CLSG transmission line corridor (Costa de Marfil o “Ivory Coast”-Liberia-Sierra Leona-Guinea), NIP, S.A. has been granted in Sierra Leona with the design of 44 Rural Health Centers located throughout the country. This contract is managed by UNOPS – United Nation Office for Project Services (https://www.unops.org/es/), as a component of the energy access program of a country with the lowest electrification rates of the continent.
In this new project placed an order to NIP, S.A., it has been visited every Sierra Leona Districts, with the aim of providing a greater security in the electrical supply to primary health centers in rural areas of the country. Up to now, most of these centers are powered exclusively by isolated solar installations located on the rooftops, and some of these work without supply. These health centers provide first health care to isolated communities besides being mostly used as centers of maternity and child health care.
The scope of works includes the audit of the 44 Health Centers, the illumination design, fire protection system and the connection of these centers to new solar micro-nets. Concretely, the works include:
- Inspection of each center, evaluation of supply and current electrical installation.
- Analysis of the energy needs of each center.
- Proposal line of action, electrification design.
- Preparation of technical specifications and bidding bases.
- Preparation of budget detail.
The mixed project team is composed of electrical engineers and solar experts, both local and Spanish. The result of the project, which has been developed in recent months, will be delivered in February 2020.