Voith has received an order to modernize Francis turbines and deliver new generators, control technology, and electrical and mechanical power plant equipment for Liberia’s Mount Coffee hydropower project.
The company said the order is worth about US$59.2 million, with financing coming from the Liberian and Norwegian governments, European Investment Bank, and Germany’s KfW Bank.
The run-of-river hydroelectric plant was built in the 1960s, at which point is was the country’s second and largest hydro asset.
Much of Mount Coffee‘s electrical and mechanical components were destroyed during Liberia’s civil war in the early 1990s, leaving only parts of the dam and steel penstocks intact.
Since then, nearby Monrovia has depended largely on diesel fuel for power generation, making Mount Coffee’s modernization an important step in the country’s growth.
“After the setbacks Liberia has had to endure, we are pleased to be able to make a substantial contribution to the economic development of the country,” Voith Hydro CEO Dr. Roland Munch said.
The Liberian government has invited bids for a number of jobs associated with the project’s rehabilitation — most recently for “advanced enabling works” that include a number of infrastructure-related tasks required before other work can begin.
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