LEC Alerts Customers of Future Interruptions as More Testing Begins at Mt. Coffee

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Liberia Electricity Corporation has announced the commencement of testing operations on the second of four turbines of the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant.

In a release issued on Tuesday, LEC said the testing will begin Wednesday and continue until Monday, Feb. 6.

Meanwhile, LEC plans to alert the public of possible interruptions in electricity.

“During the testing exercise, customers may experience interruptions in power supply,” the release read.

The company apologized for the situation and advised customers to prepare for the possibility of an unstable power situation.

Already, customers have complained of constant power outages since the power supply from the Mount Coffee Hydro plant resumed in December of last year.

On Dec. 15, 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicated the first hydropower turbine and generator unit. If fully completed, the hydro would generate a total of 88 megawatts electric power.

Bill Hakin, the Head of the Project Implementation Unit for the Mount Coffee reconstruction told reporters last year that the end of August is the new goal for the completion of the entire reconstruction.

The government had earlier announced that the first turbine would be switched on in December 2015.

However, Sirleaf, in her state of the nation address in 2016, said the outbreak of Ebola delayed the project.

Currently, LEC has a generating capacity of 70 megawatts with 22 from the Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant, 38 from heavy fuel oil generators, and 10 from a high-speed diesel plant.

Featured photo by Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is currently a senior student at the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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