Testing of the first generating unit of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant in Harrisburg is set to begin tomorrow, Saturday, December 3. The turbine, which has a capacity of 22 megawatts, will be tested ahead of the December 15 commissioning of the Unit, according to a release from the Liberia Electricity Corporation.
The first phase of the reservoir impoundment (filling the reservoir with water) of the Dam Project was completed in October. This exercise was successfully completed on October 19 this year.
On October 15, the spillway gates were gradually closed in order to increase the water level in the reservoir.
Currently, the water level has increased to 28.5 meters above sea level (masl) which is just 0.5 meter below the maximum operating level.
During the testing exercise, customers may experience brief, periodic interruptions in power supply. The testing will continue up to December 15, when the first operations of the hydropower plant are officially inaugurated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has meanwhile issued an apology for any inconvenience as a result of this exercise and has asked for the support of the Liberian people leading up to this very important milestone for the nation.
Customers are advised to make the necessary preparations in relation to these power interruptions, the release said.