Responsibility for implementation of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project was assigned to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) by the Government of Liberia. The Project has been implemented by a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) within LEC, acting on behalf of the Board of Directors of LEC.
The Mt. Coffee Project Implementation Unit is a semi-autonomous entity within LEC that has been charged with the mandate to manage and oversee all aspects of the implementation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project. PIU operations have been financed by the Government of Norway under a bilateral agreement between the Governments of Liberia and Norway, and a Management Contract between LEC, the Government of Liberia, and Manitoba Hydro International (MHI), a subsidiary of one of the largest and longest-standing electric power utilities in Canada. The Management Contract was in effect from July 2010 through December 2016. The PIU was established in May 2012 and will conclude in late 2018.
Liberia is one of seven main partner countries under the Norwegian Clean Energy Initiative, and the people of Norway have shown considerable commitment to supporting the reconstruction and expansion efforts of the Liberian electricity sector.
The Objectives of the PIU are:
To successfully manage, on behalf of LEC, the process of procuring all services, equipment and structures needed to complete the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee power plant, including overseeing the construction and commissioning of the project,
- To ensure that LEC is in possession of the required operation and maintenance (O & M) capabilities to operate Mt. Coffee from the day of commissioning and to sustain such capabilities and ability to operate Mt. Coffee.
As the sole manager of the rehabilitation project and the single point of contact with the Owner’s Engineer, Contractors, Suppliers and LEC, the PIU has also been charged with the responsibility to ensure that the PIU has access to all required competencies for technically sound, efficient and effective project implementation including access to legal and technical expertise.
The Project Implementation Unit is headed by a Project Director who has been assisted by a Director of Operations, a Deputy Project Manager, a Finance and Administration Manager, a Project Coordinator, an OMT Contract Manager, an Environmental and Social Manager, and a team of local full-time staff. The PIU has over the project duration been supported as well by part-time international technical experts contracted by Manitoba Hydro International.
The terms of service of the full PIU came to an end in January 2018. During 2018 the PIU has consisted only of its international management staff. The PIU’s other staff have been incorporated into the LEC organization. These staff and their positions while within the PIU are given below.
|Project Director||Bill Hakin|
|Director of Operations||Kristin K. Stroup|
|Deputy Project Manager||Emmanuel A. Lawrence|
|Project Accountant||Gaye Solo|
|Office Manager||Hnede L. Berrian-Sillah|
|Procurement Officer||Emmett E. Hayes, II|
|Environmental Officer||Kokulo Yorgbor|
|Community Field Liaison Officers||Pedesco D. Hinneh; Ballah Kezele|
|Operation, Maintenance and Training Contract Manager||Gardar Gudmundsson|
|Engineers – Electrical/Power & Electrical/Controls||Patroye Okanlawon (Controls),
Dickson Tarnue (Power)
|Engineer – Geotechnical||Sei Evan Zumba|
|Engineer – Mechanical||Jonathan Gardner|
|Engineer – Civil||Dominic S. Gono, Sherron Sherman|
|Logistics Coordination Assistant||Christopher G. Norh|
|Performance Monitoring & Planning Officer||Jacob Ambrose Sherman|
|Operations Supervisor||Decontee Quayee Wesseh|
|Shift Operator Trainee||Zaupai Geiwoe|
|Shift Operator Trainee||James N. Neamah|
|Shift Operator Trainee||Kemoh Lumei|
|Shift Operator Trainee||Nathaniel Dehnue Browne|
|Shift Operator Trainee||Jerry Mayango Seepo Jr|
|Electrical Trainee||Isaac Vanvine Brown|
|Protection and Control Trainee||Musa M. Sheriff|
|Mechanical Trainee||Samuel Awalayah Sannoh|
|Maintenance Supervisor||Emile Karnga|
|Safety, Health & Fire Protection||Baccus D. Roberts|
|Training Officer||William P. Anderson|
|Finance Assistant||Matthew K. Rogers|
|Driver||Alieu Sumana Kanneh|
|Driver||James C. Varney|
|Driver||Alfred S. Gbaei|
|Drivers||Frances O. Loboe, Solomon Innes, Emmanuel Sackey, Sallie Forkpa|
|Local Field Liaison Officer||Sam Garwoloqui|
|Local Community Liaison Officer||Frank D. Goodlin|
|Administrative Assistant||Marvis K. Germu|
|Community Liaison Support Officer||Ballah Kezele|
|Project Coordinator||Luis Menezes|
|Environmental Manager||Britta Lammers|
|Environmental Manager||Claudia BRUSCHKE|
|Finance & Administration Manager||Jordan Flynn|
|WASH Coordinator||Abraham L. B. Freeman|