The project aims at rehabilitating an inoperative hydro power plant, located on the St. Paul River approximately 27 km northeast of Monrovia in Montserrado County, with capacity of up to 80 MW, re-establishing the reservoir and re-constructing the associated two transmission lines to Monrovia. It will provide renewable hydro-electricity to support economic development of a post-conflict country. The additional generation capacity is necessary to support a major, largely donor-funded re-electrification program of the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Later on, the electricity will be provided through the related regional CLSG project to other parts of the country, and to the regional interconnections. The project utilizes existing infrastructure (dams, spillways and concrete structures) of an old power plant, and is thereby considered as a least-cost hydro development for Liberia. The project is in the design and manufacturing stage. All construction contracts have commenced. The project is progressing as a fast-track project, with strong donor support. The works are expected to be finalized by January 2018, while commissioning of the first turbine was on 15 December 2016.
The EU-AITF TA grant was used by the West African Power Pool for the funding of consultancy services to undertake technical studies and preparation of bidding documents as well as an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the Project. The Technical Studies and the ESIA study were completed in November 2013 and October 2013, respectively. The detailed body of the Technical Studies focused on a number of key components which included among others: 1a) Review of previous preparatory work done in relation to hydrology, propensity of River flooding, potential impact of climate change; 1b) Simulations of water inflow into and outflow from the reservoir; 2) Detailed Site Survey that defined the rehabilitation needs of the Project which included equipment requirements and foundation reinforcement; 3) Geotechnical Studies; and 4) Dam Safety Study. The deliverables from the ESIA and Preparation of RAP included 1) Scoping Report; 2) Environmental Impact Statement; 3) Environmental and Social Management Plan; 4) Resettlement Action Plan. The conduct of the study also included comprehensive public consultation and sensitization exercises.
The ESIA funded by this Project can be accessed here: http://mtcoffeeliberia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/FINAL-MtCoffee_ESIA-Rep-12-10-16-FOR-PUBLICATION_sm2.pdf