On Tuesday the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Dana Hyde, together with the US ambassador, Christine Elder, toured the facility, the Front Page Africa reported.
It is reported that the restoration works, which began in 2014, is currently over 70% complete and should be operational by December this year.
Monie Captan, CEO of Millennium Challenge Agency, noted: “We have reconstructed a portion of the dam that was washed away in 1990 and upgraded the remainder of the dam.”
Captan added: “We also refurbished spillway gates, intake structure, and powerhouse — and would install four new turbines.”
“We constructed one new substation and two overhead transmission lines from Mount Coffee to Bushrod Island and Paynesville.”
According to the media, he further highlighted other developments that were brought up with the upgrade.
Reconstruction empowers Liberians
Captan said 650 new jobs were created for Liberians during construction and benefits for Liberians in the Mount Coffee area including: a new clinic for Harrisburg, financial management, illiteracy skills and on the job skills development.
Elder is said to have expressed excitement about the hydro power plant, which is set to be operational.
She said: “Today is a very special day because the reservoir is about to get on line and all Liberians should celebrate, because it will bring power to more and more Liberians in the coming months.”
“We are happy to be in partnership with Norway, Germany, Europe and others to bring the hydro online, which will be a milestone for Liberia,” Elder said.
Mount Coffee Hydro Plant to ease power tariffs
Meanwhile, Hyde noted that the project cost a total of $360 million.
“Touring the facility is very impressive, because looking at where we have come in a short period of time, is very impressive,” Hyde said.
“We are interested in this project because we know it will help bring down the cost of electricity, in hospitals, schools and in homes,” she said.
Media reported that the reservoir at the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam has been filled with water for the first time since it was destroyed during the civil war.
The reservoir impoundment marks a major milestone towards commissioning the dam on 16 December 2016.