A new World Bank funded Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) storage facility of approximately 5,280,000 gallons will support the continuous operations of the Liberia Electricity Corporation thermal generation plants on Bushrod Island for a period of 90 days during the dry season. The storage tanks were turned over on Tuesday, August 7, 2017 to the LEC by China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC), the contractor.
The project is valued at US $ 11 million. The project is a component of the Liberia Accelerated Expansion Project (LACEEP) with an objective of increasing access to electricity and strengthening the institutional capacity of the energy sector.
The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), on behalf of LEC, entered into an agreement with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) for the demolition of the old LEC tanks and pipelines and the construction of the new facility. The project was divided into two lots:
Demolition of damaged Pre-war Storage Tanks and pipe lines, site cleaning and preparation of waste disposals. This phase of works commenced May 15, 2015 and due to adverse weather conditions of the rainy season, implementation was delayed but was finally completed on January 2016.
- Construction of two new 10,000 cubic (2,640,000 gallons) capacity of HFO storage tanks;
- Construction of one HFO storage tank base for future expansion.
- Construction of one 1000 cubic meter (264,000 gal) capacity diesel storage tank;
- Construction of 1.8 km pipeline of transport HFO from Bong Mines Pier to the tank farm at LEC Bushrod Island Compound;
- Install several auxiliary but critical systems including the future the fire protection and Environmental Oil/Water Separator system and
- Construction of one new 2,500 cubic meter capacity water storage tank for the fire protection system.
At the dedication ceremony, Managing Director Ernest R. Hughes, thanked the World Bank and partners for supporting Liberia’s energy sector.
“We are delighted because the new facility will help us now to save money that we will later use for other purpose. Before this facility, the LEC was spending more money because of the lack of storage facility. This would relieve the entity from paying rental fees for storage facilities,” Mr. Hughes said.
He assured the government and international partners that the LEC will use the newly constructed facility for its intended purpose.
World Bank acting country director, Daniel Boakye, said the bank is pleased to support such a worthy initiative for the people of Liberia.
He expressed hope that the project will go a long way in the transformation agenda of the country. He spoke of the Bank’s desire to see the new facility create opportunities to considerably reduce electricity tariff, and not only lighting households, but to light up the country’s industries.
“We see electricity as a very important component of our transformation agenda, particularly development for which the World Bank is exited to support. The bank is committed to supporting more projects in the country. We hope that this project will support the transmission and distribution rate; and therefore we look forward to many sources of electricity generation beyond the diesel that many have gotten accustomed to,” he said.
Project manager Abu D. Sanso acknowledged the challenges associated with project implementation, saying, “We must acknowledge that there were challenges associated with the project implementation.
“However, we must applaud all parties involved for the perseverance, dedication and coordination amongst us. Peculiar as the arrangements were, in the end today this important milestone has been accomplished,” Sanso said.
The new facility has given the LEC the capability of transporting Heavy Fuel Oil directly from a vessel dock at the China Union Pier to the storage tanks. The facility will provide storage of approximately 5,280,000 gallons of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) that can support continuous operations of 38 Megawatts of Thermal Generation of existing Thermal Power Plants for a period of 90 days.
CHEC is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) and on behalf of CCCC to explore the oversea market. China Communications Construction Company is the world’s leading integrated service provider of large-sized infrastructure construction project.
CHEC entered the Liberian market since 2011 and actively participated in local infrastructure construction, including airports, ports, power plants, oil tanks etc