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Liberia: refurbished Mount Coffee hydropower plant improves capacity

The Liberia Electricity Corporation has confirmed that as of July 2017, the refurbished Mount Coffee hydropower plant was producing over 60,000MWh of electricity.

This improvement follows after the completion of the first of four 22MW generating units of the plant on December 15, 2016, Capitol Times reported.

Media cited a company statement, which indicated that by the end of September 2017, all four turbines will be connected by high voltage transmission lines to both the LEC Bushrod Island and Paynesville substations.

Refurbished Mount Coffee hydropower plant

Media quoted LEC’s press release stating that the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee hydropower plant was proposed as an important part of the national reconstruction efforts led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2011 in recognition of the importance of affordable electricity to support economic development.

LEC also revealed that the overall status of the project is currently 98% complete, with total completion of the original scope of work set for November this year, media reported.

The LEC said apart from implementing its core function of rehabilitating the hydropower plant, the project implementation unit is involved with undertaking other social and environmental responsibilities, in line with its environmental and social management plan.

Skills training

Before the commissioning of the refurbished hydropower plant, the power utility selected 20 employees to undergo skills training that would enable the smooth operation of the hydropower plant.

“The renewal work on the hydropower plant will contribute to economic transformation and bring about sustainable progress to the people of this West African country,” the company said in a statement.

The Mt. Coffee hydropower plant was built in the 1960s; however, during the Liberian civil war it was destroyed. Read more…


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