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GOL, EU break grounds for electricity substations

--38,000 households to be electrified

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The Government of Liberia and the European Union have launched the construction of a new electricity substation, control and switchgears rooms for the enhancement of electricity supply by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

According to a press release, the project as part of a Euro 37.4 million (US$ 42.5 million) support by the European Union (EU) to address the increasing demand for electricity in Monrovia.

The construction of new LEC substation and switchgears on the Old Road in Monrovia and additional three substations along the Old Road Congo Town belt will connect approximately thirty-eight (38) thousand households in the capital and its environs to the LEC power supply through an increased quantity and cost-efficient energy that will be generated by the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant.

Communities expected to be connected by this new distribution network include: Peace Island, TB Annex (Congo Town Back Road to ELWA Junction), GSA Road, Zubah Town, Rehab Road, Around SKD Sports Complex and LBS, Rock Crusher, behind the German Embassy in Congo Town, among others.

More than two thousand one hundred (2,100) additional streetlights will be installed within the greater Monrovia Area under the Project.

”The European Union believes that development in the electricity sector must be sustainable by involving and attracting private sector investment. In order to attract the private sector, a stable and well-regulated environment in the energy sector is a precondition,” said Mr. Juan Antonio FRUTOS GOLDARATZ, Chargé d’affaires, European Union Delegation to Liberia The EU in collaboration with Millennium Challenge Account is supporting with Technical Assistance the newly established Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission.

“The administration of His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah understands that electricity is an absolute necessity for any society. As the Government of Liberia through the services of MBH Power Limited commences the construction phase of the transmission and distribution component of the Monrovia Consolidation project, the Government remains committed to her contribution and she will continue to work with the European Union and other International Partners within the energy sector. The Government also strongly believes that electricity is an integral component for fostering its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development,” Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah has reiterated. Press Release

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