Power Africa in the Gambia


Gambia Electricity Profile: 62mw currently installed, 36% access, 2% rural

The Gambia is entirely dependent on fossil fuel for electricity generation. The power network is principally owned and operated by the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC). The main power station at Kotu runs on heavy fuel oil (HFO) and in rural areas, NAWEC operates six small scale power systems served by stand-alone electricity subsystems in provincial centres.  Given the volatility in petroleum prices, the government has recognized that developing new local and renewable resources is critical to meeting its economic objectives; and has therefore indicated its desire to promote renewable energy development by creating the necessary policy environment and legal framework. Based on 2013 data, Gambia’s national electrification rate reached 36%, (2% in rural areas, 60% in urban areas).