LEC Gets US$11M Storage Facility

first_imgSome 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)last_img read more

AMEU to Expel ‘Criminals’ from Its System

first_imgAMEU President, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac: “Be it the students who bypassed our official registration center or the employees who assisted them in the act, we will deal with them without any pity.”The administration of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) has said it will either suspend or expel individuals found culpable of robbing the institution by tampering with its online students’ registration program.AMEU President, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, told a news conference yesterday that an internal audit team has been mandated to properly investigate reports of alleged fraud committed by suspected students through the assistance of some instructors.Although Dr. Isaac did not name the employees allegedly linked to the fraud, he remains convinced that four of them (employees) have been identified and will be prosecuted. Those the court finds guilty will either be expelled or suspended depending on the gravity of their offense.“Be it the students who bypassed our official registration center or the employees who assisted them in the act, we will deal with them without any pity. We will ensure that they are prosecuted in keeping with the law,” Isaac angrily reacted.Due to the intensity of the scam, Dr. Isaac has with immediate effect invited the internal audit team to conclude its investigation and present findings to the administration in less than a month as of yesterday.“The illegal clients and their so-called benefactors who hacked into our system and transacted thereafter, will regret their action, because they are already confirmed suspects. Thank God that the technological system we are using was able to discover that something went wrong with our students’ registration process in recent semesters,” he said.Dr. Isaac said since his administration believes making the AMEU second to none, it will not tolerate any act that will bring it to public disrepute.In another development, Dr. Isaac said a fund raising program will be held on June 9 to raise US$150,000, while the Episcopal Church’s General Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, USA is expected to also raise US$500,000.“The amounts,” he said “will be used to renovate some of the buildings.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more