World Bank Pledges US$300 Million To Liberia Dam Project
The hydro plant on the St Paul River will have a capacity of 150MW.
The World Bank has pledged US$300 million to Liberia for the construction of a second hydroelectric dam (SP2) on the St Paul River in Lower Bong County, Liberia Electricity Corporation has announced.
The new dam will increase Liberia's hydropower capacity by 150MW.
It will be the second of four dams to be constructed along the 485km St Paul River. The funding was committed at a donor conference held on 5 July.
The World Bank is already supporting the repair and expansion of the 88MW Mount Coffee hydropower plant, the maintenance of thermal power plants at Bushrod, in addition to distribution and transmission projects in Liberia.
Two new turbines will be added to the Mount Coffee run-of-river plant, increasing its capacity to 132MW.
The expansion of the Mount Coffee facility combined with SP2 will increase Liberia’s hydro generation capacity to 278MW.
The electricity access rate in rural Liberia is just 2%.
Top photo: The Mount Coffee plant (Source: Bente Brunes, Multiconsult)
Bottom photo: The July donor meeting (Source: LEC)