LIBERIA: Project to Electrify Communities in Garnersville, Brewerville, Virginia etc. Underway

Work on the World Bank funded Monrovia-Bomi Corridor/Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project-Additional Financing (LACEEP-AF) has resumed following the issuance of the Environmental Social Impact Assessment permit by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The project was suspended last year after the donor requested the conduct of the Environmental Social Impact Assessment survey. The Monrovia-Bomi Corridor/LACEEP-AF project will connect additional 33,000 new customers to the national electricity grid. Household and businesses located in areas of greater Monrovia north-west and in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties including commercial and industrial customers would account for 16 percent of the new connections.

The Project entails construction of 66 kV lines from Bushrod through Virginia to Kle; 66 kV lines from Stockton Creek through Gardnesville to Paynesville; four new substations of 10 MVA each in Virginia, Kle, Stockton Creek, and Gardnerville; expand the substation in Bushrod and Paynesville; and connect 33,000 new customers.

The Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP) is aim at advancing Liberia’s national Agenda for Transformation to achieve a more prosperous and inclusive society. Households, small businesses, institutions as well as large commercial and institutional users are targeted beneficiaries of the ongoing project.

Communities to benefit from the project include: Double Bridge, Chicken Soup factory, Johnsonville, LPRC Community, Shoes Factory, Supermarket, JJY, New Georgia/New Georgia Gulf, Chocolate City, Iron Factory, MKK Community, Topoe Village, Battery factory, Day Break Mouth Open, Patience Shop, Dry Rice Market/Maryland Center, Tusa Field, Bend and Stop, Barnersville Old Field, Nyanford Town, Kebbah, Belwein Community, Gayedubo Town, Diggsville, Freeport Community, Caldwell, Doe Community, Bushrod Island, Virginia, Brewerville, Tubmanburg, Robertsport, Bo Waterside, etc.

The LEC Public Affairs and Community Outreach team held a town hall meeting in the Township of Caldwell Sunday and informed residents of the resumption of the project and encouraged them to properly wire their homes in preparation for connections. Residents were also warned against unscrupulous individuals requesting money to mark their structures for connection.

Informing residents of the commencement of the project, Assistant Director for Planning, Edwin Fahnbulleh disclosed that almost all materials needed to complete the project are in country.

Fahnbulleh, however encouraged the residents of Caldwell Township of properly wire of their homes and avoid using substandard wires that may cause serious disaster for their homes and properties.

“Please make sure your homes are properly wire to avoid electrical shock when our team start connecting your homes”, Fahnbulleh said.

Network Supervisor Brendan O’Connor urged residents of the township to prevent electricity theft from infiltrating their network when the lights are finally switched on. He cautioned them that power theft would destroy the electricity infrastructure in the community if it is not resisted.

He cautioned residents about the danger theft of electricity would pose to the transformers and other installations. He encouraged residents to prevent criminals from making illegal connections to the installations when the lines are energized.

Mr. O’Connor lamented the negative effect power theft is having on LEC’s expansion projects by undermining revenue generation.

“Electricity theft has left more than 100 transformers out of action in various communities making life unbearable for residents. We have embarked on a project to restore supplies to these communities some of which have been out of power of as long as one year. You must ensure that when power supply is restored to your community it is sustained by taking ownership of the installations and guarding them against electricity theft,” Mr. O’Connor warned.

Caldwell Township Commissioner, Francis Woods vowed to work with various communities in the township to prevent power theft. He said his office will not hesitate in prosecuting community residents caught in the act of power theft.

The commissioner warned residents against dumping dirt near LEC installation and setting them ablaze.

Commissioner Woods, indicated that protecting LEC’s infrastructures remains cardinal under his administration as the people of Caldwell have long yearn for the electrification of their Township.

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