Authorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has received on its Bushrod Island offices a new storage facility that will store approximately 5,280,000 gallons of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) valued at US$11 million. The project, funded by the World Bank, is a component under the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP), with the objective of increasing access to electricity and strengthening institutional capacity of Liberia’s energy sector. The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), on behalf of LEC, entered into an agreement with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) for the demolition of the old LEC tanks and pipelines to pave way for the construction of the new facility.
At yesterday’s official turning over ceremony held on the Bushrod Island, Ernest R. Hughes, LEC managing director, lauded the World Bank and partners for supporting Liberia’s energy sector. “We are delighted, because the new facility will help us now to save money that we will later use for other purposes as LEC continues to spend more money because of the lack of storage facility, thereby relieving the entity from paying rental fees for storage facilities,” Mr. Hughes said. He assured the government and partners the the LEC will use the newly constructed facility for its intended purpose, noting, “maintenance is surely guaranteed.”
Daniel Boakye, acting country manager for World Bank, said the bank is pleased to support such a worthy initiative for the people of Liberia. He expressed hope that the project will go a long way in the transformation agenda the country has proffered over the years. He also spoke of the bank’s desire to see the new facility create opportunities to considerably reduce electricity tariff, and not only lighting households, but to light up the country’s industries. “We see electricity as a very important component of our transformation agenda, particularly development for which the World Bank is excited to support. The bank is committed to support more projects in the country. We hope that this project will support the expansion of transmission distribution rate; and therefore, we look forward to many sources of electricity generation beyond the diesel that many have gotten accustomed to,” he said.
LEC project manager, Abu D. Sanso, named the construction of two new 10,000 cubic meters (2,640,000gal) facilities, each with the capacity of HFO storage tanks; the construction of one HFO storage tank base for future expansion; and construction of a 1,000 cubic meters (264,000gal) capacity diesel storage tank. “We also constructed 1.8 km pipeline to transport HFO from the Bong Mines pier to the tank farm at LEC Bushrod Island compound and install several auxiliaries, but critical systems including the fire protection and environmental oil or water separator system; and construction of one new 2,500 cubic meters capacity water storage tank for the fire protection system,” Mr. Sanso said.
With this new facility at hand, he said, the LEC will have the capacity of transporting the HFO directly from a vessel dock at the China Union pier to these storage tanks, adding, “There were challenges associated with the project implementation.” He then lauded all parties for their dedication and coordination.
CHEC is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC). It is the world’s leading integrated service provider of large-size infrastructure construction projects. CHEC’s more than 70 branches and representative offices make global footprints in over 80 countries with more than 10,000 professionals undertaking hundreds of international projects in total value of US$19 billion.