The funding focuses on priorities areas including the construction of turbines and HFO plants and the full rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee hydro power plant.
Addressing the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs Tourism (MICAT) on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Sendolo reiterated massive progress in the consolidation and restoration of stable and affordable electricity to the people.
According to him, the current transmission and distribution program remained steady with the installation of 15 new pipes which are expected to connect additional 80,000 households at the end of 2016.
He lamented that an additional 140 megawatts of power is expected to be installed at the end of 2016 to boost the current capacity.
Additionally, the Liberian Energy Minister told journalists that the European Union also provided some support to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) which led to the dispatching of Ghanaian engineers to erect light poles in several communities around Monrovia.
Even though the World Bank in 2011 reported that only 0.58 per cent of the residents of Liberia had access to public electricity, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reaffirmed commitment to providing affordable electricity to every community in Liberia.
The West Africa Power Pool Project was initiated to provide electricity to rural cities such as Harper in Maryland County, Ganta, Nimba County and other parts of the country.
The Mt. Coffee Project which estimated cost is a whopping $362 million dollars is currently on course to be completed by December 2016.
The President has authorized the Government of Liberia to run a 22kv line from Bushrod Island to the White Plains Water Plant and on to Mount Coffee Hydro. This line, when completed, will serve the purpose of providing power to Mount Coffee and its environs while work is being done, and boost water supply to Monrovia.
The Government has also successfully negotiated a bi-lateral agreement with Japan through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency -JICA (10 MWs), a loan agreement with the World Bank (10 MWs which is scheduled to be finished in October and will have the capacity to connect 8 - 10,000 people), and through the Government of Liberia's budgetary allocation (for 18 MWs).