Some of the new facilities been built by the Chinese Company that will increase storage capacities for LEC Authorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has received on its Bushrod Island offices a new storage facility that will store approximately 5,280,000 gallons of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) valued at US$11 million. The project, funded by the World Bank, is a component under the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP), with the objective of increasing access to electricity and strengthening institutional capacity of Liberia’s energy sector. The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), on behalf of LEC, entered into an agreement with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) for the demolition of the old LEC tanks and pipelines to pave way for the construction of the new facility.At yesterday’s official turning over ceremony held on the Bushrod Island, Ernest R. Hughes, LEC managing director, lauded the World Bank and partners for supporting Liberia’s energy sector. “We are delighted, because the new facility will help us now to save money that we will later use for other purposes as LEC continues to spend more money because of the lack of storage facility, thereby relieving the entity from paying rental fees for storage facilities,” Mr. Hughes said. He assured the government and partners the the LEC will use the newly constructed facility for its intended purpose, noting, “maintenance is surely guaranteed.”World Bank Acting Country Manager along with LEC Manager Director Hughes celebrates with officials of the construction company upon receiving the key of the facilitiesDaniel Boakye, acting country manager for World Bank, said the bank is pleased to support such a worthy initiative for the people of Liberia. He expressed hope that the project will go a long way in the transformation agenda the country has proffered over the years. He also spoke of the bank’s desire to see the new facility create opportunities to considerably reduce electricity tariff, and not only lighting households, but to light up the country’s industries. “We see electricity as a very important component of our transformation agenda, particularly development for which the World Bank is excited to support. The bank is committed to support more projects in the country. We hope that this project will support the expansion of transmission distribution rate; and therefore, we look forward to many sources of electricity generation beyond the diesel that many have gotten accustomed to,” he said.LEC project manager, Abu D. Sanso, named the construction of two new 10,000 cubic meters (2,640,000gal) facilities, each with the capacity of HFO storage tanks; the construction of one HFO storage tank base for future expansion; and construction of a 1,000 cubic meters (264,000gal) capacity diesel storage tank. “We also constructed 1.8 km pipeline to transport HFO from the Bong Mines pier to the tank farm at LEC Bushrod Island compound and install several auxiliaries, but critical systems including the fire protection and environmental oil or water separator system; and construction of one new 2,500 cubic meters capacity water storage tank for the fire protection system,” Mr. Sanso said.With this new facility at hand, he said, the LEC will have the capacity of transporting the HFO directly from a vessel dock at the China Union pier to these storage tanks, adding, “There were challenges associated with the project implementation.” He then lauded all parties for their dedication and coordination.CHEC is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC). It is the world’s leading integrated service provider of large-size infrastructure construction projects. CHEC’s more than 70 branches and representative offices make global footprints in over 80 countries with more than 10,000 professionals undertaking hundreds of international projects in total value of US$19 billion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Less than a week after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared an all-out assault on the city’s most violent gangs, police from a newly formed task force have arrested 64 people in some of the San Fernando Valley’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Officers from the 50-member violent-crime task force have stopped about 110 suspects over the past five days in the Valley, arresting 64 on charges ranging from narcotics and weapons possession to auto theft. It’s an early indication of how focused efforts can suppress violent crime, police said. But questions remained about a crackdown on gangs – like a litany of others before – that could prove short-lived without a more comprehensive, and likely more costly, prevention strategy. “Our goal is to reduce violent crime 5 percent in the San Fernando Valley,” said Lt. John McMahon, head of the task force and an 18-year LAPD veteran. “Traditionally, resources go to other areas where violent crime occurs. I cannot remember this type of resources ever dedicated to the violent crime in the Valley.” Last year, gang-related crime jumped 43 percent in the Valley and 14 percent citywide. The surge followed years of decreasing Valley crime rates. Unlike patrol officers, the task force roams across the city. The tactic had been tried in the southern part of the city, where a majority of the violent gang-related crime occurs, but never in the Valley. The most controversial part of the mayor’s plan is a change in a decades-old LAPD policy that had prohibited officers from naming street gangs. Critics say naming them could now trigger a spate of violence among gang members jockeying for notoriety. McMahon disagreed. “The increased public awareness about who (the gangs) are and how they affect different communities should trigger more cooperation with the public,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our concern is that the message that we want to send out there – we are about prevention and intervention, but you are going to have to wait for that side of the strategy because right now it’s about suppression,” said Bobby Arias, co-founder of North Hills-based Communities in Schools, a gang prevention and intervention program. “It can make our life difficult when what they are seeing at the community level is just the hammer.” Villaraigosa has vowed to introduce an intervention strategy as part of his anti-gang initiative. Meanwhile, an ad hoc committee on gangs headed by Councilman Tony Cardenas is evaluating the city’s gang programs. A recent independent, city-funded study of the programs headed by civil-rights lawyer Connie Rice found them ineffective. The roving task force will hit the Valley’s most dangerous gang areas for the next six months to a year. The program will then be re-evaluated. This week, the task force focused on North Hollywood and Van Nuys, home to the Barrio Van Nuys and Blythe Street gangs. Those communities account for 45 percent of the region’s violent crimes so far this year.