A US$27million heavy fuel power generating station to improve the facility at the Bushrod Power Station in Monrovia is expected to be completed and subsequently turned over to the Liberian government by the end of September.
Funded by the Government of Japan, the station, according to Kaoru Nishwaki, consulting engineer of Yachiyo Engineering Corporation, would be used to generate and distribute electric power on a mass scale.
Additionally, Yoichi Okamoto, deputy director for project development at Kei Katahira and Engineers International that is constructing the US$50 million Somalia Drive Road, said they have completed about 32 percent of the project, promising that they were on schedule for the June 15, 2018 deadline.
Nishwaki and Okamoto gave the assurance on Tuesday when the First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy to Ghana, Masa Iida, along with a team of journalists toured the projects sites.
Briefing First Secretary Masa Iida on separate occasions, the two engineers praised the Liberian government for the level of cooperation since they arrived in the country.
Secretary Iida in response said the projects were on schedule, noting, “They should have completed the power plant in August, but they have said in September, which is also on schedule.”
According to him, Japanese grant products do not delay, but, they had to delay in Liberia because of the outbreak of the Ebola crisis.
He also encouraged Liberian business executives to attend the Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD-VI).
“Liberia is one of the beneficiaries of our grant schemes and our government is going to focus on the infrastructure development of the country. This is why I am here to have Liberians understand our country’s commitment to their country’s development initiative,” the first secretary emphasized.
Nishwaki said they started the construction back in 2014 and assured Iida that they were rounding up to turn over in September.
Also for Okamoto, the construction period of the Somalia Drive was originally from February 3, 2014, to March 31, 2017, when they were to turn the project over to the government.
But, he said, “we were compelled to suspend our operation from August 2014 to September 30, 2015, because of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, and so the project will be completed by June 15, 2018.”
Right now, he noted, 32 percent of the road has been completed as of this month.
Despite the rainy season, Okamoto emphasized, “Our work is proceeding without reduction of manpower to take the countermeasures against the rain.”
According to him, by the end of September they would be completing one side of the Stockton Creek Bridge and thereafter they would be demolishing the other side of the bride to continue with the construction.
In his intervention, Joseph Mayah, Chief Executive Officer of Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), emphasized on maintenance of what he considered as “high power technology.”
He said the government sent some Liberian engineers to Uganda for study because Uganda has the same plant that is built in Liberia.
He said when the project is completed it would enable LEC to connect several counties in the country, and noted that the Government of Japan would send engineers to continue with the training of his staff to maintain the facility.