From E. Varney Kamah, GNN Senior Correspondent | Maryland County |
Hundreds of residents of Fishtown in RiverGee and Pleebo, Maryland County homes are expected to be electrified following the arrival of the first consignment of 41 transformers in Maryland County.
According to GNN Correspondent, the arrival of 41 pieces of 250 kilowatt transformers in the county by ALPHA TND LTD will greatly bring relief to citizens of both counties.
Speaking to the GNN in an exclusive interview, the implementing contractor, ALPHA TND LTD program manager Anil Gaur said all the materials needed for the project have been procured, and further named streetlights, transformers, light poles, meters and power cables among others are being imported into the country.
Meanwhile, the Indian Firm has completed roadside clearing in the concession areas of Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC)/ Maryland Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP), and commenced the planting of light poles in Maryland-River Gee highways.
Pleebo-Fish Town corridor is a component of the Liberia Energy Efficiency Access Project (LEEAP), a US$ 31.8 million project jointly funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union (EU) through the Government of Liberia.
The Liberia Energy Efficiency and Access Project also includes the construction of 66KV double circuit transmission lines from Paynesville to RIA, the construction of two new substations (66/22Kv and 66/33KV), the construction of medium and low voltage networks in communities along the ELWA – RIA corridor as was reported on ELBC.
The project which seeks the extension of the existing power lines from Pleebo in Maryland to Fish Town in River Gee will connect private and public buildings including business centers in 24 communities in the two counties.
GNN has gathered that over 200 local residents of the two counties are currently benefiting from employment directly through contracts and other services.
The initiative which is part of the Government’s commitment to its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development in its drive to expand and increase access to reliable and affordable electricity throughout the country.
It can be recalled early 2019, the government of Liberia and Partners broke grounds for the electrification of the southeastern component of the LEEAP project in Pleebo City.