The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has embarked on a new project which will extend its services to 18 New Communities within Montserrado County. A total of 8,500 new customers are expected to get connected to the LEC Power Grid over the next four months through this project. The project includes the installation of 22KV Distribution Network and Low Voltage (LV) Customer Connection.
Those Communities to benefit from the project include; SKD Bvld, NTA, St. Francis, Snow Hill, Lower Johnson and KessellyBvld; Lakpazee/Matidi, Chugbor and Pagos Island; GSA Road, King Gray, RIA High Way, Speaker Hill, and Lower Police Academy; King Peter Town, Billimah, and Saw Mill and Sayon Town
This project is in continuation of the Liberia Electricity Sector Enhancement Project (LESEP), and is funded by the World Bank through the International Development Association. The Contractors have already been identified through a competitive bidding process.
The Wilkins Electronic, a Ghanaian Firm and the Sawyer and Associates, a Liberian Firm are the two companies contracted by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to execute this contract. These two contractors were selected based on their demonstrated technical experience and financial capacity.
A meeting was held withrepresentative from each of the 18 communitiesin the Conference Room of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) on Thursday, September 10, 2015. This meeting was to create awareness of the project, and to have the total involvement of Communities leaders. They (Communities leaders) expressed joy over this development, and thanked the Management of the LEC for selecting their respective communities as beneficiaries of said project.
They promised to work with the LEC technical team in ensuring that this project is a success. They also promised to assist the LEC in the fight against Power Theft which is a major challenge for the Corporation.
For his part, the Acting CEO of the LEC Mr. Curtis Lavalleethanked the communities leaders for their initial support, and warned communities members to be mindful of individuals claiming to be employees of LEC that are involved in getting money criminally from people.
“Do not give a cent to anyone who will come to you asking you to give them money before they connect your house, you are only allowed to pay money at the bank and not to anyone. Those are fake LEC employees”. He further appealed to the communities leaders to contact the LEC authorities immediately to report any occurrence of such in their respective communities.
This latest development is in fulfillment of LEC’s mandate, to increase reliable and affordable electricity to the people of Liberia, in the quickest, most prudent and sustainable manner.
Residents of the 18 communities are going to experience security as impact to electricity, families will be kept home, children are going to have better condition to study and business opportunities are also highly appreciated advantages in the provision of electricity.This is a very significant progress in achieving post-conflict economic stabilization.
As a way of meeting up with the huge challenge of an increased customer’s base, the LEC is currently constructing (3) three Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Plants which will increase the LEC generation capacity to 38MW. With the completion of these plants, Liberians are going to experience a regular supply of electricity and a reduction in tariff.