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Liberia gets $21.5m EU funding to revamp electricity supply

The European Union has provided $21.5 million for the Monrovia Consolidation LOT I Project, which is aimed at constructing electricity transmission lines and substations.The disclosure was made Thursday during signing ceremony in Monrovia between the Liberian Government and the MBH Power Limited based in Nigeria, represented by one of its officials , Prayag Gaur.

In remarks at the signing ceremony, EU Ambassador to Liberia Helene Cave, said when constructed the electricity transmission lines will complete the main transmission line connecting Bushrod Island to Paynesville outside Monrovia via Capitol Hill in central Monrovi and to Congo Town, closing the loop by inter-phasing with other projects in the Paynesville substation.

Madam Cave told government officials at the ceremony that the project will be carried out by MBH Power Limited Nigeria and supervised by INTEC.

She said the government of Liberia is responsible to make available the budget for the resettlement compensation of residents who will be required to relocate in order to install the transmission lines.

She reminded that the EU has been one of the principal contributors to the development of infrastructure in Liberia, mainly roads and energy, and continues to make significant contribution to the development of regional infrastructure in West Africa.

The Eu Envoy cited the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant via the European Development Bank.

She added that the EU via the West African Power Pool, also financed the major part of the three cross-border electrification lines coming from Ivory Coast supplying electricity to Maryland, Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties.

In remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), John Ashley, expressed gratitude to the EU and the government of Liberia for taking part in the Monrovia Consolidated LOT 1 Project.

Also making remarks, Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah, conveyed on behalf of President George Weah profound gratitude to the EU for their support to Liberia’s infrastructure development, and described the EU as one of Liberia’s
development partners.

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