The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has achieved another milestone in its drive to expand and increase access to electricity throughout Liberia. The Corporation on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, broke grounds for the electrification of the Pleebo to Fish Town Corridor, a component of the Liberia Energy Efficiency Access Project (LEEAP). The separate groundbreaking ceremonies were held in Pleebo, Maryland County and Fish Town, Rivergee County.
LEEAP is a 31.8m project jointly funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union (EU) and the Government of Liberia.
At the groundbreaking ceremonies, LEC Project Coordinator, Henry Kimber said the project, which would extend the existing power lines from Pleebo to Fist Town will be completed by December 2020.
The project, he said will not only extend the lines but it is going to connect homes and businesses within Pleebo and Fish Town.
“This is long overdue; people of these great counties have not had electricity for too long. With the help of our international partners, this project is going to extend electricity to Pleebo and Fish Town”. Kimber said.
The project entails the construction of 66KV double circuit transmission lines from Paynesville to RIA; the construction of two new substations (66/22Kv and 66/33KV); the construction of medium and low voltage networks in communities along the ELWA – RIA corridor and the Pleebo to Fish Town corridor; and the connection of 45,000 new customers.
The project is expected to develop the institutional capacity at the LEC, Rural Renewable Energy Agency (RREA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME).
The launched of the LEEAP in Pleebo and Fish Town signifies the LEC commitment to improving people’s livelihood through the provision of reliable and affordable electricity.