Via the Daily Observer, more signs of economic collapse—and Canada doesn't look good: Mt.Coffee Hydro Dam Rehabilitation Work Halted. Excerpt:
Rehabilitation work at the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, located in Harrisburg, Upper Montserrado County, has come to an immediate halt, and all expatriate staff have reportedly packed bags and baggage and left the country.
The LEC expatriate staff have left the country owing to fear of contracting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has taken the lives of over 500 Liberians, including health workers.
Rehabilitation work at the Mt. Coffee Hydro-electric Power Plant commenced in May 2013 with the establishment of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), while actual construction started in January 2014.
According to the project blue print, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) aims to fully complete the project by the end of 2016 and the target date for first commercial power from the plant remains December 2015.
But with the seeming abandonment of work at the dam by international firms contracted to carry out various portions of the project, for fear of contracting the EVD, there are apprehensions that all efforts aimed at rehabilitating that vital national power grid seem farfetched.
In December 2006, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed that her government was considering other alternatives of power supply. She indicated then that refurbishing the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant would cause government more than US$200 million.
Following the provision of light in and around Monrovia under the theme ‘Small Light Today, Big Light Tomorrow’, Liberia still remains a country without the needed electricity necessary for the powering of mini and full scale factories, homes and offices.
Currently, the running of Liberia’s only electric power generation company (LEC) now rests with a Canadian company called Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).
Owing to the agreement underpinning the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the MHI and the LEC, the LEC is currently headed by a Canadian named Gregory J. Sylvester of the MHI, as Chief Executive Officer.
But Greg, as he is commonly called, has also departed Liberia since about a month ago and left the running of the company in the hands of his Liberian counterparts.