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MRU convenes West African Power Pool implementation meeting

By Joseph Sayon

 ( River Union Stakeholder countries are meeting in Monrovia to design strategies for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) project’s implementation.

The Mano River Union stakeholder Countries are Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The regional organization (WAPP) was created by ECOWAS States and Governments to enhance cross-border electricity in the sub-region. 

The Managing Director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Joseph Mayan, said: “Though donors have now agreed to finance the project, countries benefiting from the cross-border electricity need to meet conditions set for the provision of the donor funds.”

“The donors have also asked the targeted countries to identify internationally registered companies that would manage the regional transmission companies,” Mr. Mayan also said.

The LEC Managing Director spoke Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the stakeholder gathering in Monrovia. 

Also speaking at the meeting, WAPP Secretary General, Amadou Diallo, added: “The Monrovia deliberations will pave the way to jump-start the regional organization’s electrification project in the Mano River Union Basin.

Mr. Diallo also said: “When completed, the project will provide cheaper electricity to the people of Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea and Sierra Leone, and put the cost of the project at US$444M.”

“WAPP has completed various studies on the project, including environmental, engineering and feasibility.”

It can be recalled that in 1999, the Heads of States of ECOWAS signed an energy protocol that paved the way for the establishment of WAPP.

Following such achievement, one of the projects that WAPP has decided doing is to inter-connect the electricity systems of West Africa.

The electricity system’s inter-connection project is the organization’s core business.

Specifically, the interconnection of the Mano River Union States is the central issue of discussion at the Energy Sector Stakeholder Meeting convening in Monrovia.

The objective of the project is to build 1,535 kilometer line from Mah in La Cote D’Ivoire through Yekepa in Nimba County and Buchanan in Grand Bassa County to Monrovia, via the Mount Coffey Hydro, and then to the Sierra Leone border at Bo Water Side.

The 1,535- kilometer electrical line, in the first instance, is capable of bringing 120 megawatts energy power and, upon its full completion; it will also be capable of bringing 240 megawatts energy power to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.


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