The Bumbuna II hydropower project, located on the Upper Seli River in North East Sierra Leone, is the country's largest infrastructure project and is a key part of the Government of Sierra Leone’s long term Energy Plan.
The project involves building an extension to the existing 50 MW Bumbuna I facility. When complete, Bumbuna II will add 143MW of new capacity and, critically, will provide Sierra Leone with a minimum of 80MW of reliable, all-year round affordable electricity.
Construction on Bumbuna II is anticipated to start by mid-2018 with operations forecast to start four years later. Seli Hydropower, the local project company jointly owned by Joule Africa and its local partner Energy Services Company (ESCO,) will be responsible for building, owning and operating Bumbuna II.
In August 2017, Joule Africa signed a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Government of Sierra Leone, marking an important milestone in the development of the project