Why is electricity scarce in Liberia?
Most of post-war Liberia is without power. Even Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia, lacks generally available public electricity as a result of severe damage to the Mt. Coffee hydroelectric facility incurred during the country’s long civil conflict. Under the leadership of President Sirleaf, it is anticipated that public power will ultimately be restored to the country. Firestone Liberia’s operations are agricultural and are located more than an hour away from the capital. Firestone is able to generate a limited amount of power from its small hydroelectric facility, primarily during the rainy season of the year. This facility, limited by the flow rate of the Farmington River, supplies power to the rubber processing factory, and for Firestone Liberia’s plant and industrial needs. Power is basically limited to the Harbel industrial area, some residences of staff, Duside Hospital and some housing areas. Most Firestone Liberia housing units are without power. Firestone Liberia also supplies