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Govt, partners invest over US$1b in electricity sector

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Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo
Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo, says the Liberian Government and partners are investing over US$1 billion in the country’s electric power generation sector.

Minister Sendolo said as part of the project, government will, on Saturday, April 30, put on line its newest funded 18 megawatt power plant situated on Bushrod Island.

He made the disclosure Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing in Monrovia.

According to the Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, the plant is one of five power generation projects, currently being implemented by the Liberian Government and partners.

The construction of the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant and several mini-hydro plants around the country are part of efforts to improve the supply of electric power captured under President Johnson-Sirleaf’s “Small Light Today, Big Light Tomorrow” projects.

Minister Sendolo also noted: “As a strategy framework to sustain the electric power sector of Liberia, the ministry has completed an “Electricity Master Plan,” the first in post-conflict Liberia.”

“Already, the World Bank funded 10 megawatt generator is fully functioning, while the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) funded 10 megawatt generator, currently under construction, is expected to be completed by August this year,” he said.

“The big light project is expected to connect 80,000 customers by the end of 2016.

By 2005, Liberia had just 2 megawatt electric power that will be increased by 140 to 170 times by the commissioning of the 88 megawatt Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant,” Minister Sendolo noted.

 


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