US$40 Million New Electricity Project Kick-off by the Government of Liberia

DSC 97391The Government of Liberia through the Office of the National Authorizing Office, Ministry of Finance & Development Planning has kick-off a contract to put up additional transmissions and distribution lines intended to absorb more electricity to Monrovia from the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam.

The kick-off of the project took place during a meeting of key stakeholders involved within the energy sector on Monday, 31 July 2017 at the National Authorizing Office (NAO) located on the Executive Mansion Grounds, Capitol Hill in Monrovia. The stakeholders that attended the meeting and the kick-off included the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Liberia Electricity Corporation, and the Rural & Renewable Energy Agency. Others were the European Union Delegation to Liberia, ELTEL - the Swedish company contracted to implement the project and Intec Gopa, the engineering firm which will supervise the project as well as the National Authorizing Office, who is the Contracting Authority.

The new project titled: “Monrovia Consolidation of Electricity Transmission and Distribution” is being funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) in the amount of EUR 35.5 million (about US$40 million). Of this amount, EUR 34 million will be spent on engineering works while EUR 1.5 million will go towards monitoring and evaluation activities. If completed, the new project will strengthen the transmission and distribution capacities through the extension works of the network in and around Monrovia. The project will connect 37,000 customers including small and large consumers .

Among others, the EU is intervening with funding to help improve the environmental and socio-economic conditions of the people of Liberia in line with the Government of Liberia’s objective to increase access to renewable energy services and to sustainable and affordable power.

In collaboration with the EU, the NAO will monitor the 2-year project as part of its mandate to program, coordinate, manage and oversee all EU-funded projects in Liberia.
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