LEC to Hook up 8,500 New Customers

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The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has embarked on a project which will extend its services to 18 communities within Montserrado County, a press release said yesterday.
It said a total of 8,500 new customers are expected to be connected to the LEC Power Grid over the next four months. The project includes the installation of a 22KV Distribution Network and Low Voltage (LV) Customer Connection.
Those Communities include SKD Boulevard, NTA, ST. Francis, Snow Hill, Lower Johnson and Kesselly Boulevard. Others are Lakpazee/Matadi, Chugbor and Pagos Island, GSA Road, King Gray, RIA High Way, Speaker Hill, Lower Police Academy, King Peter’s Town, Billimah, Saw Mill and Sayon Town
The project is in continuation of the Liberia Electricity Sector Enhancement Project (LESEP) and is funded by the World Bank through the International Development Association.
Contractors have already been identified through a competitive bidding process. The Wilkins Electronic, a Ghanaian Firm and the Sawyer and Associates, a Liberian Firm are the two companies contracted by LEC to execute the contract. These two contractors, according to the release, were selected based on their demonstrated technical experience and financial capacity.
A meeting was held with representatives from each of the 18 communities at the LEC on Thursday, September 10 to create awareness of the project and to ensure the total involvement of community leaders.
The community leaders expressed excitement about the project and thanked the management of the LEC for selecting their respective communities as beneficiaries. They promised to work with the LEC technical team to ensure the success of the project.
They also promised to assist the LEC in fighting power theft which is a major challenge for the Corporation.
Acting LEC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Curtis Lavallee thanked the leaders for their initial support, and warned them to be mindful of individuals claiming to be employees of LEC that are involved in getting money criminally from people.
“Do not give a cent to anyone who will come to you asking you to give them money before they connect your house. You are only allowed to pay money at the bank and not to anyone. Those are fake LEC employees,” Mr. Lavallee cautioned.
He further appealed to the leaders to contact the LEC authorities immediately to report any illegal occurrence in their respective communities.
This latest power distribution development is in fulfillment of LEC’s mandate to increase reliable and affordable electricity to Liberians in the quickest, most prudent and sustainable manner. Residents of the 18 communities are going to experience security due to the impact that electricity will have on their families, the release said, adding that children will have better conditions to study and business opportunities are also highly appreciated advantages for business people in the provision of electricity.
As a way of meeting up with the huge challenge of an increased customer base, the LEC is currently constructing three Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Plants which will increase the LEC generation capacity to 38MW. With the completion of these plants, Liberians will experience regular supply of electricity and a reduction in tariff, the release further said.

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