Providing Durable Energy Solutions to Sudan: Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity and UNDP Launch the Installation of Solar Pumps in Northern Sudan

Dec 22, 2016

Khartoum , Sudan – December 18th, 2016- Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched today the procurement and installation of 28 solar pumps in the Northern State , commencing thus the first phase of the “Promoting the Use of Electrical Water Pumps”  project  for a duration of five years.  The project’s total budget amounts to 5.19 million USD thanks to generous contribution from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP.

This newly launched project aims to diversify Sudan’s power sources, limiting its reliance on fossil fuel, increase energy security, and reduce Sudan’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by scaling up solar energy usage. Resulting in energy stability, and creation of green jobs for many, the project plays a catalytic role in scaling up the use of solar power for agricultural in Sudan through creating a business link between the famers, the financial institutions and the private sector.

The signing ceremony was attended by H.E. Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity H.E. Mr. Mutaz Musa, Minster of International Cooperation, H.E Mr. Osman Wash, UNDP Country Director, Dr. Selva Ramachandran. Other attendees included the Secretary General of the Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Omer Mohamed Eltom Elshami and Undersecretary, Minister of Water Resources and Electricity Mr. Musa Omer Abu El- Gasim. Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, academia and civil society organizations working the field of renewable Energy also attended the event in addition to a number of Sudanese private sector companies.

In his welcoming remarks, Minister of International Cooperation Osman Musa Wash underscored the importance of this project by saying “We are very pleased to launch this project today as it addresses one of the main pillars of infrastructure in Sudan which is energy. This is indeed an exemplary project and we are pleased to note that this project will be replicated in a number of states especially Darfur.”

For his part, UNDP Country Director Dr. Selva Ramahcnadran affirmed UNDP’s commitment  to providing clean , sustainable and affordable energy to all “ UNDP is working closely with various partners to develop the capacity of countries to use  climate change challenges to help shape their economies towards greater sustainability; thus contributing to poverty reduction, improving livelihoods and the achievement of the sustainable development Goals (SDG)s. Given that agriculture is a main component of the economy in Sudan, I am certain this project will contribute to the sustainable development of Sudan by demonstrating good practices which will be shared with all stakeholders to promote the use of solar pumps for irrigation throughout the country.”

Minister of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity Mr. Mutaz Musa emphasized that “Sudan’s greatest challenge is how to mobilize its resources in a sustainable manner. This project present a great opportunity for irrevocable change in the lives of famers and pastoralists who are in need of effective solutions for their daily challenges.”

 

Currently, an estimated 35% of the population has access to electricity in Sudan with more than 20 million people yet to be connected to the national grid. Despite improvements in recent years, electricity provision is still not reliable and experiences regular power outages affecting   agricultural productivity and general household usage. With 30% of Sudan’s electricity being generated from fossil fuel and the irregularity of rainfall patterns posing threats to the reliability of Sudan’s current hydro-power, the need to seek alternative renewable energy forms for the country is clear.

Cognizant that addressing climate change provides an opportunity to make inroads into poverty reduction and improving livelihoods, to move towards durable solutions, UNDP is working closely with other UN partners, to develop the capacity of countries to use the climate change challenges to help shape their economies towards greater sustainability; thus contributing to poverty reduction, improving livelihoods and the achievement of the sustainable development Goals.

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For more information, please contact Ms. Yusra Salim, Team Coordinator UNDP Partnerships and Communication, yusra.salim@undp.org

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