The rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in Liberia aims to restore the plant’s capacity to its pre-war status of 64 MW. It will be a key part of the CLSG grid developed under the West African Power Pool (WAPP), allowing Liberia to export electricity. It will also create the stabilising generation point (voltage stability) for the transmission line being implemented under the CLSG Project.
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