President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
First 10mw HFO Plant Up, Running, Says President Sirleaf
By Robert Dixon, LINA
MONROVIA, January 26 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that the first 10 megawatt Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) power plant is currently up and running.
“This new plant adds to the existing capacity which is based on diesel fuel generators which we intend to convert to alternative uses. This will result in increased electricity stability delivered to 33,000 users which include over 1,000 connections in West Point, one of our economically depressed communities,” she pointed out.
The Liberian leader’s statement was contained in her State of the Nation address delivered Monday at the Joint Session of the 53rdNational Legislature at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
According to the Liberian leader, by the end of March this year, an additional 18
mega watt financed by the government will be added and by June an additional 10 megawatts will come on line.
At the same time, President Sirleaf has disclosed that in December this year the Mount Coffee Hydro plant with a capacity of 126 megawatts will become fully operational.
“By implementing the transmission and distribution programs and consolidation of the grid in Monrovia, there will be extension of power to other counties such as Margibi, Bomi and Cape Mount over the next two years,” the Liberian leader said.
She said implementation of the West African Power Pool project begins in July of this year and will enable Liberia to participate in the ECOWAS cross-border trade of electricity, taking power from Yekepa, Nimba County to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and then on to the Sierra Leone border.
“The Cross-border Project of which we have spoken has now reached Nimba and Maryland counties and is on the way to Grand Gedeh County, with plans to extend to River Gee in keeping with their request,” President Sirleaf noted
She explained that this will be a system tendered out and managed by Liberian entities under a contract with the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).