11 January 2013

Liberia: Gov't Outlines Plans for Energy Sector

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A damaged power plant of the Liberian Electricity Corporation.

The Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Mr. Patrick Sendolo, has outlined plans for the expansion of electricity across the country. According to Minister Sendolo, the Liberian government is committed to ensuring that the cost of electricity is affordable and accessible to all citizens.

He said 'comprehensive access' to electricity is essential for sustainable economic growth and development in Liberia. He made these comments on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular press briefing held at the Charles Gbenyon Press Hall in Monrovia.

The Lands, Mines and Energy Minister disclosed that the energy plan of the country comprises of long and short terms. He said the long term energy plan would cover 17 years while the short term would run for 6 years. He pointed out that the country's energy sector is currently being consolidated by the government.

Minister Sendolo furthered that government remains focused and determine to 'aggressively extend the transmission of energy distribution' throughout the country'. Minister Sendolo said the restoration of electricity remains critical to Liberia's economic development, adding that the 14-year-civil conflict destroyed the country's energy sector.

He said government intends to increase what he called "generation capacity" in the provision of electricity to its citizens. He pointed out that the long term plan of Liberia is aimed at ensuring that electricity is provided throughout the five political sub-divisions of the country.

"This plan will bring power to every sector, every part of the country. In this long term plan, power will move from Monrovia to Klay-Tubmanburg, Robertsport, Foya-Voinjama, Harbel-Buchanan, Yekepa, Cestos City-Greenville, Gbarnga Ganta, and Zwedru. Power will also move to River Gee-Fish town, Barclayville, etc." Minister Sendolo indicated.

"This plan is a national plan and the vision is that, every part of the country will have access to electricity so that the opportunity electricity brings in terms of economic growth would be evenly spread across the country," Minister Sendolo amongst other things added.

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