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United States : FOR Thermal Generation Plant LEC, World Bank break ground

June 21, 2014

Electricity remains a main challenge in Liberia as the country needs a functioning stable source of power, creating problems for private homes, businesses and other institutions.

The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has been making attempts to supply portion of Monrovia and its instant environs with power however meeting the electricity require of the population has been a complicated task.

In an attempt to increase the capacity of the LEC, the corporation and the World Bank have formally broken ground for the design, supply and installation of a 10 megawatt dual fuel LFO/HFO fire thermal generation plant in Monrovia.

A Chinese implementing contractor, CHINA National Technical Import and Export Corporation, is executing the project, which expense is yet to be disclosed.

World Bank Country Manager Inguna Dobraga revealed that the 10 MW Power Plant will boost the country's present electricity capacity by fifty percent and intends to decrease the price of electricity in the country. She said that the cost of electricity has been significant obstacles for private sector growth in Liberia.

Said Dobraga: "This Power Plant is part of a broader World Bank Group support to Liberia's energy sector and it intends to increase access for both urban and rural populations. We have been part together with the government in expanding services through generation, transmission and distribution."

The World Bank Country Manager mentioned that the group has offered about $225m (two hundred twenty-five million dollars) to the Liberia energy sector over the years in a bid to ensure that reliable and affordable electricity is provided for Liberians.

Madam Dobraga used the occasion to sketch out the importance of a cordial working relationship among all institutions working in the energy sector to continue what she called 'the series of successes that have been already achieved'.

Simultaneously the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Liberia Electricity Corporation Greg Sylvestre said the LEC is very anxious to see the result of yet another World Bank successful project.

In the meantime, Lands Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo praised the World Bank for its enormous efforts towards Liberia's energy sector and several development initiatives being performed by the group.

He said that the begining of the Power Plant project through the instrumentality of the LEC is a significant achievement.

Minister Sendolo said, "So for the first time in our country history, you have four Power Plant being constructed all at the same time and I think this merits commendation on the part of the LEC team .

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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