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Storage facilities are limited in Sierra Leone. It is possible to find them in Freetown but it becomes more difficult to locate inside the country. During the Ebola Response, WFP established different warehousing facilities in the country with Port Loko as the main hub. These storage facilities were to be used by all the humanitarian actors in the frame of the Ebola Response. 

For more information, please see the following link: 4.6 Sierra Leone Storage and Milling Company Contact List

Commercial Storage

Location

Owner

Available for Rent

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]

Access [2]

Condition [3]

Kenema

Tropical Farms Limited

Yes for 400 m² (1,600 m² rented to Red Cross)

2,000 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - Cline Town

JIL

Service only


1,000 m²

Container

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - Cline Town

JIL

Service only

Open Storage

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - Cline Town

JIL

Service only

450 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - Cline Town

JIL

Service only

200 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - Cline Town

JIL

Service only

170 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Kenema

JIL

Service only

750 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Kenema

JIL

Service only

750 m²

Concrete

Flat

Under Construction/repair

Freetown – Cline Town

JIL

n/a

13,700 m³

Concrete

Flat

Under Construction/repair

Freetown - Goderitch

Mohamed Wurie

Yes

500 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - Brookfields

Mohamed Wurie

Yes

800 m³

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - Kingtom

Simon Wilson

Yes

1,533 m³

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - DownTown

Simon Wilson

Yes

504 m³

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown – Cline Town

Simon Wilson

Yes

3,360 m³

Concrete

Flat

Under Construction/repair

Freetown - Kissy

Simon Wilson

Yes

6,300 m³

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Kenema

Fawaz Building Materials

Yes

2,700 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - No 6 Main Motor Road Waterloo

Gibrill Sheriff Kamara
Contact: Osman Conteh

Yes

125 mt / 111 m²

271 m³

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown - Palm Kernel Oil Mill, Wellington Industrial Area, opposite PMB junction

Sierra Leone Insurance company and Sign Africa

Yes

1,769 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified
[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat
[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

Storage Used by Humanitarian Organizations

The major humanitarian organizations store their items in Freetown. The main preference is to run their own facilities. The largest organization storing items in the country is WFP. During the Ebola Crisis, WFP provided storage facilities to both the humanitarian organizations and the different government entities. The lack of adequate commercial and public storage facilities was surmounted by providing Mobile Storage Unit (Wiikhalls/Rub halls).  

Location

Organization

Sharing Possibility
(Yes / No)

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]

Access [2]

Condition [3]

Portshed IV

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

5,000 mt / 2500 m²  

concrete

 flat

Good

Portshed IVA

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

5,000 mt / 2500 m²   

concrete

flat

Good

Kissy -1

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

450 mt / 325 m²

Concrete

Flat

Good

Kissy -2

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

450 mt / 655 m²

Concrete

Raised-siding

Good

Kissy -3

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

500 mt / 787 m²

Concrete

Flat

Good

Kissy 

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

1,950 mt / 720 m²

Rub-hall

Raised-siding

Appears damaged

Makeni

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

3,000 mt / 1700 m²

Rub-hall

Raised-siding

Good

Makeni

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

500 mt / 320 m²

Rub-hall

Raised-siding

Appears damaged

Port Loko

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

1,500 mt / 787 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Kenema

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

2,300 mt / 525 m²

Concrete

Raised-siding

Appears intact

Kenema

WFP

Yes (upon available space)

2,600 mt / 960 m²

Rub-hall

Raised-siding

Appears intact

Freetown

UNICEF

Yes (upon available space)

5,583 m²

Concrete

Flat

Appears intact

Kenema

UNICEF

Yes (upon available space)

52 mt / 56 m² / 135 m³

Container

Flat

Appears intact

Makeni

UNICEF

Yes (upon available space)

52 mt / 56 m² / 135 m³

Container

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown

Handicap

n/a

26 mt / 23 m² / 67 m³

Container

Flat

Appears intact

Freetown

IOM

n/a

26 mt / 23 m² / 67 m³

Container

Flat

Appears intact

[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified
[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat
[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

 Public Sector Storage

Location

Ministry / Agency

Use Possibility
(Yes / No)

Capacity
mt / m² / m³

Type [1]

Access [2]

Condition [3]

Freetown

EPI

n/a

150 m³

Container

Flat

Appears intact

[1] Warehouse Type: Open storage, container, rub-hall, silo, concrete, other, unspecified
[2] Warehouse Access: Raised-siding, flat
[3] Warehouse condition: Appears intact, appears damaged, under construction/repair

Cold Chain

The main option for cold chain lies with the Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI). EPI has sufficient cold chain storage capacity on a national level to store the vaccines and different medicines, but lacks normal adequate facilities to store medicine and other materials. For the moment they use containers as storage facilities. The main challenge in cold chain resides in the districts and peripheries due mostly to the lack of stable electricity supply. Ideally, EPI would plan to build 2 walk-in cold rooms in Bo to cover the southern region and in Makeni to cover the eastern region, but without any continuity plan and the shortage in electricity supplies, makes it impossible to launch such a needed project. More than 50% of the solar refrigerators disseminated in the country are not functioning.  

Location

Organisation / Owner

Type [1]

Cooling /  Power [2]

Quantity

Total Capacity

Condition

Freetown

EPI

Cold Room Positive

Compression

2

40 m³

Good

Freetown

EPI

Cold Room Negative

Compression

1

20 m³

Good

Whole country

EPI

Refrigerators

Solar

400

~ 40 m³

<50% not functioning


[1] Cold Room Positive, Cold Room Negative, Refrigerator, Freezer,

[2] Compression, Absorption, Solar, Other, unspecified