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Imported Power Not Cutoff …LEC Clarifies

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MONROVIA: The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), has clarified that electric-power imported by LEC from La Cote d’Ivoire through CLSG has not been cutoff.

In a statement issued in Monrovia this week, LEC disclosed that it continues to receive power from La Cote d’Ivoire through the CLSG at the contracted capacity of 27MW.

According to the statement, the contracted capacity is the amount of energy CI Energies agreed to supply LEC under the Power Purchase Agreement.

“LEC has informed the public on several occasions that the contracted capacity from CI Energies will not meet LEC’s peak demand, which currently exceeds 70MW. Peak demands are periods when the highest energy consumption is experienced and in the case of Liberia, it lasts from 6am to 9am and 6pm to 11pm. During off-peak periods, LEC can meet the energy demand,” the statement indicated.

“To mitigate the gap created during the peak period,” the statement pointed out, “LEC generates additional power though its thermal and hydropower plants”.

“The additional power generated by LEC is approximately 47MW, which provides a combined capacity with CLSG of 74MW.”

“However, due to the exceedingly high cost of fuel, LEC has limited the use of its thermal plants to produce more cost reflective energy. The resultant gap, which minimum, is mitigated through load shedding,” LEC insists.

According to the Corporation, in the coming rainy season, LEC will not need the full contracted capacity from CI Energies.

“LEC has already booked 50MW capacity for 2024 from CI Energies in anticipation of growth in demand, while at the same time deploying 35MW of solar energy. LEC assures its customers that it will continue to provide reliable electricity despite its current challenges. As promised and can easily be observed, LEC continues to fulfill its promise of more reliable electricity than what was experienced during last year’s dry season,” the statement further indicated.

“The LEC is collaborating assiduously with key stakeholders and partners to put into place strategic plans to improve the electricity sector as we strive to increase national access to electricity,” the statement asserted.

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