GOL Kicks Off US$40M Electricity Project

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Representatives at the signing ceremony

The Government of Liberia through the Office of the National Authorizing Office, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), has kicked off a contract to put up additional transmissions and distribution lines intended to absorb more electricity to Monrovia from the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam.

The kick-off of the project took place during a meeting of key stakeholders involved within the energy sector on Monday, 31 July 2017 at the National Authorizing Office (NAO) located on the Executive Mansion Grounds, Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

The stakeholders that attended the meeting and the kick-off included the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Liberia Electricity Corporation, and the Rural & Renewable Energy Agency.

Others were the European Union Delegation to Liberia, ELTEL, the Swedish company contracted to implement the project and Intec Gopa, the engineering firm which will supervise the project as well as the National Authorizing Office, who is the Contracting Authority.

The new project, titled: “Monrovia Consolidation of Electricity Transmission and Distribution,” is being funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) in the amount of EUR 35.5 million (about US$40 million).

Of this amount,  EUR 34 million will be spent on engineering works while EUR 1.5 million will go towards monitoring and evaluation activities. If completed, the new project will strengthen the transmission and distribution capacities through the extension works of the network in and around Monrovia. Among others, the EU is intervening with funding to help improve the environmental and socio-economic conditions of the people of Liberia in line with the Government of Liberia’s objective to increase access to renewable energy services and to sustainable and affordable power.

In collaboration with the EU, the NAO will monitor the 2-year project as part of its mandate to program, coordinate, manage and oversee all EU-funded projects in Liberia.

The Member States of the European Union have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. When will this wonderful light business be solved? firstly we as Liberian are going in the wrong direction of building this outdated hydro plant; we should have looked to Kenya right in Africa and go to solar or wind.

  2. We waitin for dey, “Big Light” dar yor promised dey pepo December 2016, dar yor say will com June 2017, ayah today dar August 2, 2017, we non see dey Bight Light yet oh. Yor try hard with dey pepo oh. We Won Big Light, We won Big Light, We won Big Light.

  3. We knew it and we took it for joke that reconstructions was not going to be quick and easy it takes sacrifice and pains to emerge from out off the ashes of 14 years destruction. the matter of fact Kenya just didn’t jump right in to solar power they started from hydropower and they never destroy their power plant, coming to solar power it takes investors confidence, negotiations, planning and public education when Kenya was planning to get where they are right now we was breaking our own down and now we want to be on the same level with Kenya with out creating a platform.

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