The New Dawn (Monrovia)

6 December 2013

Liberia to Benefit 20 Electricity Projects

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The Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has outlined plans for the implementation of 20 electricity or power projects across the country with some already ongoing while others are scheduled for the summer of 2014.

Blue Print for JICA-funded 10 MW Project/PHOTO

Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo, made the disclosure here Thursday at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill.

He named the Monrovia System Projects which involve a monthly connection of 1,000 residents in various communities, including Chocolate City, OAU Village and King Gray, among others.

Minister Sendolo said central Monrovia and Sinkor will receive a distribution line of 22 KV is reaching 20th Street, while Bushrod Island, Central Monrovia (Capitol Substation) to Paynesville will receive 66 KV distribution line, using steel poles and modern streetlights.

The Minister also disclosed plans to expand distribution to new communities, such as Rehab Road, Zuba Town Road, RIA highway and Congo Town Back Road, respectively. Other communities earmarked include Catholic Hospital/ Sophie Community, Logan Town, St. Paul Bridge, Doe Community and Via Town.

He said government in collaboration with partners will upgrade substations on Bushrod Island from 10 MVA to 90 MVA; New Kru Town, from 10 MVA to 23 MVA and Paynesville from 10 MVA to 13 MVA.

Sendolo said official groundbreaking for the Mount Coffee General Projects is slated for January 2014, covering 3 Heavy Fuel Oil Plants, JICA funded 10 MW under construction, World Bank funded 10MW implementation already in progress, and a Government of Liberia-funded 18 MW being implemented. Other projects earmarked are the Monrovia - Kakata 66 KV transmission line and cross border transmission.

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