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Eighteen Liberian communities to gain access to conventional power

In West Africa, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has initiated a project that will electrify an additional 18 communities in the Montserrado County.

The project will connect 8,500 residents to the national power grid within the next four months, the Daily Observer reported.

The connection project is an extension of the Liberia Electricity Sector Enhancement Project (LESEP), which is financed by the World Bank through the International Development Association.

Tender process awards two contractors

Two contractors have been selected to deliver the tender contract requirements. The Wilkins Electronic, a Ghanaian firm and the Sawyer and Associates, a Liberian firm, were selected based on their credentials, technical experience and financial capacity, the Daily Observer reported.

Liberia community involvement

With efforts to include the surrounding communities, the LEC gathered community representatives to inform them of the project and the benefits that they would reap.

Through a widespread show of optimism, the community leaders assured the LEC that they would work together to see these projects reach fruition, while assisting in the fight to curb power theft and vandalism.

Acting LEC CEO Curtis Lavallee stressed: “Do not give a cent to anyone who will come to you asking you to give them money before they connect your house. You are only allowed to pay money at the bank and not to anyone. Those are fake LEC employees.”

As part of its objective to meet the increasing power demand, the LEC is in the process of constructing three Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Plants, which will contribute an additional 38MW of power to the grid.

Lavallee added that the cost of electricity for the end user will reduce once these three power plants come online.