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

Day-labor hiring sites considered

first_imgThe council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee asked that big-box stores – those over 100,000 square feet – have negotiations on creating special day labor centers at their sites. Damian Jones of Home Depot said the firm wants to work with the city to deal with the issue. “We would like to work with the city on a positive approach,” Jones said. “We believe we’re a good corporation and want to be a good corporate citizen.” Jones said Home Depot is willing to rent part of its land to the city for such centers at $1 a year and would build a facility for the workers. However, attorneys for the company said they are concerned about the ongoing costs and suggested the city measure include provisions to divert sales tax revenue from the stores to pay for such gathering places. However, council members said they wanted to leave funding options open. Councilman Tony C rdenas said he is concerned about the day laborers who gather at other sites around the city. “I could drive to a home improvement store and see a day-labor center, but across the street is a hardware store where a group of workers are gathered and down the street is a paint store where other would-be painters are standing around,” C rdenas said. “Would this apply to those facilities as well?” C rdenas was told the city wants to deal with the larger stores that attract the most workers, hoping such centers would attract workers from smaller sites. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Designated waiting areas for day laborers looking for work would be required at all large home improvement stores in the city, under a proposal making its way through the Los Angeles City Council. The measure aims to end a long-standing dispute between the city and businesses over problems caused by day laborers loitering near home improvement stores, liquor stores and other businesses. Last month, the City Council delayed the opening of a Home Depot store in Sunland-Tujunga in part to deal with the day laborer question. “I think all of us get the most calls about liquor stores, bars and home improvement stores,” council President Eric Garcetti said. “None are inherently bad entities, but they can have a bad spillover effect.” last_img read more