LEC, World Bank Break Ground for 10 Megawatt HFO Power Project

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The  official ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) power plant has taken place in Monrovia.

The project is expected to cost US$13 million dollars and is under the supervision of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

Initially, executives of LEC and MLME had disclosed that there are three major energy projects under construction in the country.

The Liberian Government and partners funded power projects, according to Lands, Mines & Energy Minister and LEC Board Chairman Patrick Sendolo, include World Bank’s US$13.1 million project and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). in the neighborhood of US$26,000,000, all expected to be completed by December 2015.

The third power project is funded by the Liberian Government it cost US$25.5 million.  It is also expected to be completed by June 2015.

The LEC’s power project is implemented by China National Technical Import and Export Corporation (CINTIC).

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony held at the LEC’s Bushrod Island power plant, World Bank Country Manager Inguna Dobraja said energy is the foundation and engine for many income generating activities that could bring changes in Liberia.

Manager Dobraja added that the World Bank group has invested about US$225,000,000 in the Liberian energy during the period under-review.

She also disclosed that the current 10 mega-watt power plant will increase  electricity supply to Liberians and foreign residents up to fifty percent in the country.

Madam Dobraja further disclosed that the initiative will reduce electricity tariff on Liberians and foreign residents in the country which has posed obstacles to private/public sector growth and development.

The World Bank Country Manager also noted that the power initiatives in Liberia will assist the urban and rural populations.

Manager Dobraja urged all collaborating partners and Liberians to work together and accelerate the successes achieved in energy.

The World Bank Country Manager congratulated those involved in the different energy sectors that are ensuring the successful implementation of projects across the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of the LEC, Mr. Gregg Sylvestre extended thanks and appreciation to the Minister and officials of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy for the collaboration demonstrated over the years.

He also admonished support partners and the LEC family to muster the courage and determination aimed at ensuring the successful implementation of the power project in Monrovia.

In a special statement, the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy {MLME} Patrick Sendolo said the World Bank has been a strong support partner in Liberia’s many energy projects.

Minister Sendolo also urged all parties connected the HFO/LEC power project to work together as a team in order to ensure the speedy implementation of the energy project in Monrovia.

He also added that the LEC management has demonstrated cooperation with the MLME in ensuring that work in Liberia’s energy sectors is effectively done to meet the citizens’ need.

Minister Sendolo also disclosed that a lot is happening in the energy sector in terms of generation, distribution and expansion, urging that Liberians should continue to exhibit tolerance and patience as the ministry and LEC carry on their work.

He further added that all of these energy and infrastructural initiatives are intended to enhance and ensure that many Liberians afford the cost associated with the provision of quality power supply in the country.

In closing, Minister Sendolo also lauded the current efforts of the CINTIC for the fast pace at which the 10-mega-watt HFO power project is being executed in Monrovia.

Earlier, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the LEC, Mr. Joseph T. Mayah reminded Liberians and foreign residents that the LEC power initiatives are geared towards making energy services affordable and sustainable in the country.

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