By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
About 40 trainees recruited from across relevant government ministries and agencies, universities and the engineering society of Liberia in the country have assembled in Margibi County, Kakata City to partake in an on-going hydropower project workshop which aimed at strengthening the technical and managerial knowledge within the country.
The project held under the theme: Small hydropower project development in Liberia” is co-financed by USAID and UNIDO and Winrock International/LESSP as implementing agencies to lay the foundation for a market environment for mini hydro-based renewable energy in the country.
The project would provide planning for the construction and installation of a 1 Megawatt run of the river, mini-hydropower station in Bong County harnessing the Mein River.
At the project site on Monday December 16, 2013, at the Du-River between Margibi and Montserrado Counties, a visiting Professor from the Indian Institute of Technology (IITR), Roorkee to Liberia Dr.Arun Kumar said from the interaction with the students, he is convinced that upon the completion of the training, the students would make impact on the project.
Dr. Kumar disclosed that Liberia has a great potential for hydropower and his experience with the 40 engineering students assured him they can make an impact on the project.
The project when completed will also build on national priorities, taking into account recommendations made in the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) as well as in the power sector master plan which mentions that government will begin to develop new hydropower generation capacity and assess other energy sources.