Public Disclosure of LACEEP Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP)

The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), through support from the World Bank, prepared Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP). LACEEP is in furtherance of World Bank’s support to the development agenda of GOL in the electricity sector in Liberia. The general development objectives are to improve the quality and efficiency of the provision of electricity, particularly the expansion of transmission and distribution networks, construction of facilities for off-loading, transporting and storing heavy fuel oil with institutional capacity strengthening. LACEEP will finance the construction of the 66-kV lines and distribution network in the Paynesville-Kakata corridor, distribution networks in Kakata and parts of Paynesville as well as the connections of approximately 25,000 customers in Kakata and Paynesville.
In keeping with Section 1 of the Environmental Protection Law of the Republic of Liberia (2003) and Annex 1 (section 6), all new projects that fall under the Environmental Laws of Liberia EIA mandatory listing, including those of the energy sector, are subject to an environmental study. Moreover, the planned and potential energy projects may trigger World Bank safeguard policies including: Environmental Assessment (OP4.01, BP 4.01, GP 4.01), Natural Habitats (OP 4.04, BP 4.04, GP 4.04), Forestry (OP 4.36, GP 4.36), Pest Management (OP 4.09), Physical Cultural Resources (OP 4.11) and Involuntary Resettlement (OP/BP 4.12).
Based on the above the following studies have been prepared for the project’s components as follows:
1. Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the Paynesville – Kakata 66KV Transmission Line.
2. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Paynesville – Kakata 66KV Transmission Line.
3. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) For Heavy Fuel Oil Transport and Storage, Bushrod Island.
The three LACEEP documents are hereby published to solicit comments from the public, particularly interested and affected parties. The document will also be disclosed on World Bank Infoshop.
All interested persons are therefore invited to pick up electronic copies of the documents for perusal and comments at the LEC Planning Department on Bushrod Island in the office of Eng. Matthew F. KONAI, Assistant Planning Manager for Environment and Climate Change. Copies of the reports are also available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
All relevant enquiries should be sent to Eng. Matthew F. KONAI with mobile contact numbers and email addresses as follows: 0777 09 1960/0880 32 64 85/0555 223 102, kentelco@gmail.com; kentelco@yahoo.com; mkonai@lecliberia.com or Deputy CEO Joseph T. Mayah: 0886 511 941, tambamayah@gmail.com; tambamayah @yahoo.com; jmayah@lecliberia.com.