Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Turns on Unit 3 of Mt. Coffee

 UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Crown Prince Haakon of Norway while turning on the third generating unit of the Mount Coffee hydropower plant in Harrisburg Wednesday extolled the management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) for the level of progress in the electricity sector.
Crown Prince Haakon said he was impressed with the ongoing rehabilitation work at the hydropower plant, saying Mount Coffee is producing clean energy that would ensure that more Liberians are connected to the national electricity grid.

“The restoration of electricity has contributed to the improvement of security in the country. Electricity improves the quality of life and promotes economic growth and development. This hydro power plant is a monumental step towards meeting Liberia’s energy needs,” he said.
He praised the Government of Liberia for the efficient allocation of the resources contributed by international partners. Liberia and Norway, he said are two strategic partners with a long standing relationship.
Board Chairman Ian Yhap assured the Crown Prince Haakon of the LEC’s vision to ensure that Liberians benefit optimally from the impact of the project. He thanked the Government of Norway and other international partners for their ongoing support to the country’s reconstruction process.
“We urge you to kindly convey the Liberian’s government’s gratitude to the Government and People of Norway for their support to the reconstruction of Liberia,” Chairman Yhap said.
Two Cooperation Agreements were signed between the Governments of Liberia and Norway on June 13 and July 4, 2013 in support of the Mt. Coffee Project Implementation Unit and the Hydropower Rehabilitation Project, respectively, for a total grant of NOK405 million.
The third turbine has a capacity of 22 megawatts and has increased the generating capacity of Mount Coffee to 66 megawatts. The first turbine of 22 megawatts (MV) was officially dedicated and commissioned on Thursday, December 15, 2016, at the project site in Harrisburg by the President of the Republic of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. This was the first time over 25 years; Mt. Coffee generated clean, renewable hydropower.
When the project is completed, Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant will have a total install capacity of 88 MW (four generating units of 22 MW each)