14 January 2013

Liberia: LEC Planting Poles to Increase Electricity

Photo: Boakai M.Fofana/allAfrica.com
A damaged power plant of the Liberian Electricity Corporation.

The Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) Hon. Patrick Sendolo has disclosed that government has embarked on an ambitious plan to provide electricity to Monrovia and across the country.

According to the LME Minister it is projected that 7,000 customers will be added to the customers list of the LEC when the process is fully implemented and that there will be electricity supply lines running all over the country from Foya to Bushanan, Gbarnga to Zwedru, Fish town to Barclayville and Harper to Sanniquellie.

The LME minister, whose ministry has the oversight responsibility to supervise electricity in the country in the country made the disclosure when he served as guest speaker at the regular Thursday press briefing of the ministry of information, culture affairs and Tourism (MICAT) last week.

The LME boss indicated that energy is at the center of government's priority and vision. "I can say with some degree of confidence that fort the past weeks and months, we have been engaged in holding filed meetings that can make us say that we can now see light at the end of the tunnel and can now talk of comprehensive access to electricity that help us go ahead with the goals that we have set," minister Sendolo said.

He said there are short and long term goals that they are working on that requires restoring infrastructures, which is critical in view of the protracted war that destroyed them. "We want increased generation capacity of electricity that can cover the entire nation. We want to expand electricity in Monrovia to additional 7,000 customers and extend the national plan."

He said they will expand, restore and rehabilitate sub-stations in Monrovia is what they are doing now. He added that financial and other arrangements have been completed and finalized and they are rebuilding Stockton creek and upgrading it to sub-station level, while constructing a new sub-station at Scheffelein.

The minister pointed out that they are building a 66kv high voltage lines in Bushrod island to Paynesville and Scheffelein and once the construction of those sub-stations are completed, it will now be the delivery of electricity to Monrovia.

He said after Monrovia, they will embark on the pre-corridor project, which is taking electricity outside Monrovia, adding that it involves moving electricity from ELWA junction to Harbel, Redlight and Kakata for which they have received the financial commitment of donors.

"The cross-border project component involves electricity from the Ivory Coast connecting to cities and towns in four border counties including Maryland, Grand Gedeh and Nimba counties," he said.

Minister Sendolo narrated that their objective is to ensure that every city and town across the country benefit from electricity, noting that the cost of electricity will be reduced to 20 cent. He said in the funding, government is taking the lead as it allotted US$45 million for the rehabilitation of the Mount coffee hydro plant.

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