Somaliland signs deals for restoration power plants

Apr 13, 1998 02:00 AM

The Somaliland government has signed an agreement with international companies to rehabilitate and reconstruct power stations in the country.
The agreement, the first by the republic with a foreign company, was signed with U.S.-based Collins Engineering Co and British-American Energy by president Mohamed Ibrahim Egal.
The companies will rehabilitate a 25 MW power station in the capital Hargeisa at a cost of $ 23 million before beginning work on electrification of other areas.
"These companies are investing millions of dollars in Somaliland. This is more than political recognition," Egal said. "They have put their trust in us because they believe that we deserve it. We are not only grateful to them, but we have to prove to them and to the international community that we are really worth their trust," Egal said.

The Somaliland republic broke away from Somalia in 1991 after the fall of dictator Siad Barre left the country without central government.
Somaliland has been more peaceful than Somalia since then, but has failed to gain international recognition as a separate state.
This year Egal changed policy on demands for formal recognition, arguing instead that his country deserved aid and trade for the stability it had achieved.
Egal said that after rehabilitating the Hergeisa power station, the companies would begin work on the electrification of Berbera on the Gulf of Aden across from Yemen.
"The rehabilitation of Hergeisa power station will be followed by that of Berbera and will be extended to other regions," Egal said.
"Electrification is essential to modern development in this country," he added.
Rehabilitation of the Hargeisa plant is expected to begin within the next few months.

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