HARPER, Liberia — President George Manneh Weah launched the construction of a petroleum storage terminal facility (PST) and Harper Port refurbishment project.
The PST will be built within a period of two years at an estimated cost of $6 million.
At the groundbreaking commemoration on Thursday (Feb25), President Weah remarked that the facility will enable the storage of more petroleum in Harper for commercialization.
He added that construction of the multipurpose office complex, and petroleum storage facility envisions economic viability at the Maryland Port of entry.
The project is also targeted to ease the age-old constraints associated with the supply of petrol products to major southeastern counties including Maryland, River Gee, Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh.
Managing Director Bill Twehway speaking at the commissioning ceremony described the project as a milestone development for the Port of Harper following years of poor infrastructure imaging and inactive operations.
He also requested the government to help in dredging the port, saying the lifelines of the port is tied to a brand new superstructure outlook.
“Mr. President, there is a serious need to dredge this port, but NPA is not able to do it on her own, so if the government through the Ministry of Finance can help us with a subsidy, it will be of great help,” he said.
The Port of Harper has had no storage facility, since the climax of the civil crisis in Liberia, thus leading dealers in the petroleum industry to import their product from neighbouring Ivory Coast.
President Weah noted it was necessary to embark on the PST construction to alleviate the burden faced to import petroleum.
“While it is true that PST is constructed, it is equally important to dredge the port to enable bigger vessels to dock in,” the president said.
Harper Port refurbishment project is a Triple ‘P’ ( Private Public Partnership arrangement by and through a Liberian Owned Company – Express Oil Importation Liberia Incorporated.
The port was established for the exportation of Palm oil, rubber and timber while at the same time importing machinery, building materials and other consumable goods.
However, as a result of the civil war, these activities are no longer effective.
Currently, the Port of Harper is partially dormant with dilapidated buildings and old containers placed in the open field.