Seli Hydropower

Renewable, Affordable and Reliable Energy for Sierra Leone

Welcome to the Seli Hydropower website which provides information on the Bumbuna II hydroelectric power project, located on the Upper Seli River in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, about 200km north east of Freetown. 

Seli Hydropower, the project company responsible for the development and operation of Bumbuna II, is owned by Joule Africa and its local partner ESCO. For more information on Joule Africa, please visit www.jouleafrica.com.

In August 2017, Seli Hydropower and the Government of Sierra Leone signed a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement and Implementation Agreement. For more information, please click here.

It is expected that construction will start in mid-2018 and Bumbuna II will start operations in 2022. Seli Hydropower will ensure that the environment is maintained to international standards and that the local communities benefit from this project.

The Bumbuna II project will:

  • Increase electricity supply
  • Provide electricity at an affordable tariff
  • Provide training and jobs for local workers
  • Use local materials and supplies where practical
  • Improve the livelihood for villages located nearby

The Government of Sierra Leone’s ambition is to double the number of households that have access to electricity, via the national grid, to 30% by 2030.

Bumbuna II is a key part of the Government’s long-term Energy Strategy and will add a further 143MW of affordable power to the country. Importantly, it will provide a minimum of 80MW of reliable electricity throughout the year.

Our extended website will be arriving shortly and we will be providing regular updates on our progress.