US$31.8million Project Will Connect 45,000 Customers Along RIA Highway

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About 45,000 businesses and households along the Monrovia-Roberts International Airport corridor will have access to electricity by 2020 upon the completion of a US$31.8 million project, Liberia Electricity Corporation officials said Wednesday in Margibi County.

Launched in Schiefflin with a groundbreaking ceremony , the project is funded by the African Development Bank (ADB), the European Union and the Liberian government under the Liberia Energy Efficiency and Access Project (LEEAP).

The project entails the construction of 66 Kilovolts (kV) double circuit transmission lines from Paynesville to RIA.

Two new substations of 66/22 Kv and 66/33 Kv will also be constructed in Schiefflin and Harbel in Margibi County as well as the construction of medium voltage/low voltage network in communities along the ELWA – RIA corridor.

LEC’s Chief Executive Officer Paschal Buckley said the project is a symbol of a great work to electrify Liberia and that lighting the route to the country’s main airport will send positive impression to visitors and investors

Electricity brings opportunities; improves healthcare delivery and education he said.

Theodorus Kaspers, head of Cooperation (EU delegation to Liberia) called for tougher action against power theft. He said the menace is undermining success in the electricity sector.

Another phase of the LEEAP which will be launched on May 8, 2019 in Pleebo, Maryland County will construct medium voltage/low voltage network in communities along the Pleebo – Fish Town corridor.