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“EU a True Partner in the Energy Sector”, Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah Discloses

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Monrovia, Liberia - Finance and Development Planning, Minister Hon. Samuel D Tweah, Jr has described the European Union as one of Liberia’s true and trusted partners in the energy sector.

Minister Tweah, who is also the National Authorizing Officer, made the statement on Tuesday, at the commissioning of the newly constructed Congo Town Electricity Substation by the Government of Liberia and the European Union.

Hon. Tweah said: “We’re going to erect many more milestones until finally under the leadership of the president, we can turn the energy sector around. Thank you for your support, Mr. President for a new management at the LEC. The president, including our partners, are committed and dedicated to solving the energy problem in the country, very soon a government delegation will travel to Norway to get them back in the energy sector.”

Minister Tweah thanked the EU for their assistance to the energy sector for providing the Liberian people and businesses with access to affordable electricity is very valuable and essential.

"Electricity is crucial for our industries and commercial customers such as manufacturers and traders."

He explained that the improvement in the country’s energy infrastructure will spur economic growth and create more jobs.

Also, he thanked the technical teams, MBH Power Limited, Intec Gopa, LEC, and other partners involved for their excellent collaboration, which is necessary for the project's success.

He revealed that the commissioning of the Congo Town Substation demonstrates a significant effort towards our Government's commitment to electrify Monrovia, its environs, and the entire country.

The “Monrovia Consolidation of Electricity Transmissions and Distribution Project” is funded under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and has a 24-months duration. A similar project was implemented under the 9th EDF for the electricity grids. Under the two programs, the EU has earmarked and invested substantially in the energy sector with a total budget of approximately 100 million Euros in Liberia.

In 2018, the Liberian Government signed a "Transmission and Distribution" contract together with the Delegation of the European Union to Liberia, MBH Power Limited, and Intec-Gopa to design and build 66KV over headlines and extension of existing 66/22/10KV power that will help Monrovia to absorb more electricity from the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant to be transmitted to substations on Bushrod Island, New Kru Town, Capitol Hill, Congo Town, and Paynesville.

In collaboration with the EU, the National Authorizing Office (NAO) Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning monitors the project to manage, coordinate, program, and oversee the EU-funded projects in Liberia.

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