Customized power solution doubles Monrovia’s commercial power

Liberia’s civil war devastated the country’s infrastructure and left Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, without stable electric power. Private generators have been operating on fuel since then, but have not been able to run efficiently, leaving several communities in darkness.

Challenge
Under an emergency rehabilitation program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a new power plant was required to provide more commercial power to Liberia on a fast-track basis. The plant required rapid delivery, with a schedule from contract award to inauguration in just eight months.

Solution
Louis Berger delivered a 10 MW turnkey power plant for Liberia Electricity Corporation at Bushrod Island within the accelerated schedule. Amid the challenges posed by a long rainy season, including limited access to roads and uncertain shipping times, Louis Berger provided all procurement, logistics services and heavy construction. The semi-permanent power station includes:

  • A 10 MW power plant and equipment to synchronize it with an existing 5 MW plant.
  • Ancillary electrical equipment and 22 kV switchgear.
  • A 100,000-gallon above ground fuel storage and supply system.
  • A hurricane-resistant structural steel cover.
  • Testing, commissioning and turnover to Liberia Electricity Corporation.
  • Training of local workforce, including Liberia Electricity Corporation’s operators.