April 3, 2013
Public Announcement: Environmental & Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Action Plan for the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project
The general public and all concerned or interested parties are hereby informed that the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), through its Mt. Coffee Project Implementation Unit (PIU), and in cooperation with the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Secretariat, is currently finalizing the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the rehabilitation of the pre-war 64 MW Mt. Coffee Hydropower plant in Liberia. An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) have already been finalized. The ESIA, ESMP and RAP will guide LEC in implementing environmental and social impact mitigation measures for the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Project, which consists of rehabilitation of the existing or destroyed components of the power plant, civil works, and reservoir.
On behalf of LEC, and under the EU-Africa Partnership on Infrastructure, WAPP procured the services of Pöyry Energy Ltd. of Switzerland, an international Consulting firm, to undertake the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Action Plan for the Mount Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project.
In keeping with Section 11 of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of the Republic of Liberia (2003), the World Bank’s Safeguard Policy on Involuntary Resettlement (OP 4.12), and EU directives, LEC’s PIU will ensure that compensation will be made for assets lost due to the project.
This announcement is to notify the general public and all concerned parties that the final inventory of assets in the area to be occupied by the project will be carried out in the period of April 8–27, 2013. April 8, 2013 will be considered as the official cutoff date for the RAP—any development undertaken after this date will not be eligible for compensation under this project. Assets counted as part of the inventory include houses and farms.
LEC will ensure that the Resettlement Action Plan will be made available to the public for review and comment prior to finalization. It is anticipated that the project team will hold a public hearing on the ESIA, ESMP and RAP in June 2013.