The 88-MW Mount Coffee hydropower plant in Liberia has gone into operation after extensive modernisation, with startup of the first turbine-generator unit celebrated. According to a press release from Voith, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and 300 international guests were present at the celebration. Voith supplied new Francis turbines, generators, control technology, and electrical and mechanical power plant equipment.
In addition, Voith trained 20 employees of future plant operator Liberia Electricity Cooperation in the operation of the hydro facility. "For Liberia and many other countries in Africa, energy supply is a major component of their national growth strategy. The reliable, stable supply of energy to households and industry is a major prerequisite for improving living conditions," Sirleaf said during a visit to Voith headquarters in 2015.
Once commissioning has been completed, the run-of-river plant will supply electricity to more than 1 million people in Liberia. Mount Coffee is located on the Saint Paul River. It was built in the 1960s but was destroyed during the Liberian Civil War in the 1990s. It originally had a capacity of 64 MW from four turbine-generator units.