Remis: We need more funds for hydro-power generation

Remis: We need more funds for hydro-power generation
Tom Remis, undersecretary in the Ministry of Energy and Dams. [Mamer Abraham, City Review]

South Sudan should allocate enough funds for electricity power generation to match the country’s needs.

Tom Remis, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy and Dams, yesterday appealed to the government to prioritise a budgetary allocation to make shortages of electricity history across the country.

“Electricity needs to be prioritised in government policy, because all these years, in the budget, electricity is not being prioritised. That is why today, we are unable to cover the whole town of Juba,” he added.

The undersecretary called for payment of the instalment of over $8 million so that the ministry could have the feasibility studies done to embark on the construction of dams.

 “It is about $8, 000, 000.” We request that money to be paid so that we own studies, because without studies, we cannot develop those hydropower plants.”

He said that there were four potential hydropower plants, namely, the Grand Fulla, Chokoli, Beden, and Lucky, which when constructed, the country will never have shortage of power.

“The power is very big and enough for the people of South Sudan.” The total will be more than 2500 megawatts. If we develop one, that would be enough for us. We can enjoy power without any interruption,” he revealed.

On Tuesday, the First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar Teny, called on investors into the country to fund hydropower plant projects.

Machar said the country craved power, and without it investors would shy away.

In May 2020, a senior government official stated that the construction of Fulla Hydroelectric Dam on the White Nile in Nimule would restart but required SSP 493 billion ($1.7bn).