Liberia breaks ground on Mount Coffee hydropower plant rehabilitation

MOunt Coffee Hydropower Plant

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other officials attended a ceremony earlier this week that marked the official ground breaking for the 60- to 80-MW Mount Coffee hydroelectric project.

The hydropower plant was destroyed during a period of civil war in the early 1990s, making the cost of repairs and upgrades an estimated US$230 million. The government has received funding from various donors including the European Investment Bank and European Central Bank to help finance the work.

"The restoration of the Mount Coffee hydroelectric plant, which will provide affordable and reliable power to residents and businesses, is an urgent national priority for Liberia that this government has decided to take very seriously," said Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy.

Sirleaf said her goal is to see Mount Coffee's first new turbine units generating power in 2015, with the rest of the plant completed in 2016.

HydroWorld.com reported earlier this month that the Liberian government is seeking substation construction and transmission lines for the project.

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