President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has commissioned a Japanese – funded 10 megawatt HFO power plant on Bushrod Island built by Japan International Corporation Agency or JICA to electrify communities along the Gardnersville route, outskirt of Monrovia.
President Sirleaf said Japan has touched two of her government’s most critical priorities – energy and roads, stressing that whatever government is going to do for development such as moving to the next step to turn primary communities into valued addition, roads and energy have to be in place.
In a brief stop at Snow Hill Community in Gardnersville where the light has extended, President Sirleaf praised the strong partnership between Liberia and Japan on Tuesday night, 13 September having switched on the power plant at Point Four Community on Bushrod Island.
“And so you have boosted our development effort. You have helped us one step along the road in achieving our development effort. And so we want to say to you this partnership is strong,” she told the Japanese side.
She described the plant as a more modern plant she had seen, specifically noting that it is well-equipped to provide quality service. With the availability of power in Snow Hill, President Sirleaf said the Liberia Electricity Corporation or LEC has brought safety to the community on grounds that criminals will not harm people under the lights.
She said the ongoing road project along Somalia Drive will ease transportation constraints, especially at a time that lights are now in the area. President Sirleaf has asked the community people to do their part by getting connected and paying their light bills to the LEC.
Liberia’s Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo said with the newly commissioned unit, “We are” significantly increasing the amount of power available in a short term. He said the power plant is not temporary, but long term that should be functional for up to 20 or 40 years when used properly.
He concluded that the newly commissioned power plant and others he had earlier mentioned were not in isolation, but part of a larger plan of having adequate power generation capacity between 2012 and 2018.
Mr. Joseph J. Myers, LEC’s deputy CEO said the Japanese Government through JICA provided the funding for the power plant that is expected to supply communities in Gardnersville, including Snow Hill, Kesselly Boulevard, the National Transit Authority area as well as provide street lights in those communities.
He said the plant has increased the LEC supply from 28 to 38 megawatts. By Winston W. Parley