The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: 'Bong Power Plant Project On Course'

The United States Embassy in Monrovia has disclosed that the hydro power plant project in Suakoko, Bong County, remains on course.

Recently, this paper reported that USAID has withdrawn support from the construction of a one megawatt hydro project in Bong County.

However, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac clarified that USAID is still committed to provide financial support for the construction of the hydro Power plant on the Mein River in Suakoko.

She said delay in the continuation of the project is due to problem with the contractor.

"I want to make it very clear that we are going to build that plant; the issue related to a contractor that is for many partners, he was to build that as well as three other projects and he has not been able to complete any contract. So that particular project will be moved to a new contractor and new partner to continue the work on it," the U.S Envoy.

Ambassador Malac said the current contractors' contract ends in October this year and that they are unable to complete it at the assigned time.

"So we are moving ahead with the project, it's just that the previous contractor will not be doing it; he is just moving to another contract so I want make sure that it is clear, we do intend to build a power plant which will serve the Phebe Hospital, Cuttington University, 2,500 households and 150 commercial customers," she said.

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