Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo has disclosed that the World Bank has approved US$27 million for a hydro-diesel project in Lofa County. The project will include the construction of a one to two megawatt mini-hydro plant in the Kaiha River and acquisition of a back-up diesel generator.
The Kaiha River mini-hydro project will be the second in Lofa County, with the first being the Yandohun mini-hydro constructed in Vahun District in 2014. Minister Sendolo made the disclosure Tuesday during the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia. He said under the project, which is now in the design phase, a mini-grid 22 KV lines from Massambolahun Town to Bolahun, Foya, to Kolahun and Voinjama to Zorzor city will be constructed. The project, slated to be completed in 2018, is part of government’s Renewable Energy Project under which the entire country will be electrified. According to Minister Sendolo, parts of Zorzor City are already benefiting from a 42 Kilowatt solar energy. He named the Zorzor Central High School, Administrative Building, Youth and Women Centers and the Yeala Immigration Post as facilities benefitting from the project. Other facilities include the Zorzor Police Station and Immigration Post as well as street lights, among others. Meanwhile, the Lands, Mines and Energy Minister has unveiled plans by the ministry to further expand visibility in the streets in Monrovia and its environs with the erection of additional street lights. He said following the completion of the new 18 megawatt power plant, street lights will be erected in Matadi, Lakpazee, Chugbor, Pagos Island and Lower Johnsonville. Other areas to benefit from street lights are St. Francis Community, National Transit Authority Community, Snow Hill Community, SKD Blvd and 72nd Community as well as the Kesselly Boulevard, among others.