FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

5 December 2013

Liberia: Power Boost for Liberia - LEC to Construct Three Fuel Oil Plants in Monrovia

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Heavy oil being poured into a container.

Liberia's Minister of Land Mines and Energy has disclosed that while awaiting the reconstruction of Mount Coffee Power Plant to provide electricity for Monrovia and other parts, the government of Liberia has embarked on the construction of three separate heavy fuel oil power plant that will reduce the cost of electricity by not less than twenty cents.

Addressing journalists at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism regular press briefing on Thursday, December 05, 2013, Minister Patrick Sendolo said the three power plants will generate a total of thirty eight mega watts that is higher than the present twenty three mega watts.

Said Minister Sendolo "The World Bank in collaboration with the government is funding 10 mega watts power plant and would be close to the three power plants I just discussed with you. This is a project that will go on in this year.

The government itself will finance 18 mega watts in heavy fuel oil power plant. Implementation is also underway and the LEC team has already gone to Finland to conduct a factory acceptance sketch."

Commenting on additional connection of various communities to the Liberia Electricity lines, Minister Sendelo said electricity along the Roberts international high way will soon be visible especially at the ELWA hospital which he said will be prioritized by government.

Continued Minister Sendolo: "Even up to today, if you go along this route, you will see the distribution lines that are been constructed, the transformers are now been put in place so that these areas will be connected."

"We will continue to expand the number of connections we made in Logan town, St. Paul Bridge and Vai town communities as well as the neighborhood on the eastern side of the city across the bridge."

The Land, Mines and Energy minister noted that in order to continue to expand electricity in several communities, three sub-stations of the LEC will be upgraded to maintain the new power users.

He said the sub-station of Bushord Island will be upgraded from ten Million volt amps (MVA) to 19 while the sub-station of New Kru Town will be increased from 10 to 23 MVA.

The Paynesville sub-station will be boosted from 10 to 13 MVA while the coming of mount coffee and other projects will increase it to 50 MVA.

"This is again a signal of our much, much larger ambition to supply to supply electricity to customers who need it to carry on their businesses and their ordinary light," he said.

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