September 16, 2022

Generating clean energy in Sierra Leone to combat energy deficit

IPSL has engaged the services of SMEC to conduct a pre-feasibility study for the Mano Kongo Hydroelectric Project.

IPSL has engaged the services of SMEC to conduct a pre-feasibility study for the Mano Kongo Hydroelectric Project. This study will investigate the generation of clean electricity using the Hydroelectrical resources of the Mano River, with an installed capacity of 180MV.

Located on the Mano River at the border between Liberia and Sierra Leone, the main dam of the project is a proposed 65m high embankment dam approximately 60 km from the mouth of the river where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The Mano River originates in the Guinea Highlands in Liberia and forms part of the Liberia-Sierra Leone border.



SMEC submitted a competitive technical and financial proposal which outlined impressive execution of the project. Project Manager Dr Mebrate Tanto put together an experienced team of specialists covering all disciplines required for this important study, who are further supported by a global team of talented professionals.

The scope of the services being provided include:

  • Project Start-up Activities & Site Visit
  • Topographical Survey
  • Geological Studies
  • Hydrological Study
  • Assessment and Optimization of Project Layouts and Installed Capacity
  • Pre- Feasibility Design Activities
  • Assessment of Electro-mechanical Equipment
  • Preliminary Environmental and social appreciation
  • Conceptual level Power Studies (generation as well as market side)
  • Pre-Feasibility Level Schematic Drawings
  • Bill of Quantities and Cost Estimate
  • High-level financial analysis
  • Project Implementation Schedule
  • Pre-feasibility Study Draft and Final Reports

It is proposed that this project will provide benefit to communities of Sierra Leone, Liberia and subsequently the Mano River Union (MRU) countries which includes Guinea and Ivory Coast. The entire production of the project can be absorbed by the electricity grids of Sierra Leone and Liberia to bridge part of the deficit of the two countries.

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