Chevron Liberia recently announced at the opening of its new offices in Monrovia that the company remains on target to begin drilling its first Liberian deepwater exploration well later this year. Work on multiple new local community development projects also is advancing as part of the Chevron-Liberia Economic Development Initiative (C-LED) established six months ago.
"The new offices will draw together the range of efforts we have been progressing in Liberia since acquiring three deepwater blocks in September last year," said Karl Cottrell, Chevron Liberia's country manager. "We are on track to drill our first deepwater exploration well during the fourth quarter this year and continue to build local synergies with government, nongovernment organizations, donor institutes and the local community to identify and deliver early and much needed results from our social investment commitments."
At the opening of the Chevron Office in Liberia, Chevron Nigeria Ltd. managing director Andrew Fawthrop presented Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai with a plaque announcing the gift of a new ultrasound machine to Redemption Hospital.
Chevron is currently recruiting in Liberia to help staff the company's new office and support progress of Chevron's activities in the country. Along with drilling preparations for one of Liberia's first offshore exploration wells in 25 years, Chevron is implementing the first round of projects from the five-year C-LED initiative, aimed at delivering education, enterprise development and health programs that benefit women and children.
"C-LED, which is aligned with the themes of the government of Liberia's Poverty Reduction Strategy and the 'Lift Liberia' campaign, has already initiated 13 early projects directed primarily towards the much needed rehabilitation of infrastructure and the provision of equipment," said Nadeem Anwar, Chevron's manager of community engagement.
At Monrovia's Redemption Hospital, a 150-kilovolt generator is now providing 24-hour electricity to the hospital, keeping its operating rooms lighted, allowing medical equipment to operate and providing air conditioning. A 32-seat staff commuter bus is helping to streamline changes of hospital shifts and handovers and improve attendance.
"We appreciate Chevron's assistance to help improve patient care and boost the employees' morale," said Tobias Bowen, Redemption Hospital administrator.
Additional early C-LED programs include:
- John F. Kennedy Hospital's Children Under Five Head Start Program.
- Construction of water and latrine facilities in more than 40 communities in Monrovia
- Upgraded facilities at three women's markets, at Parker Corner, Battery Factory and Arm-Bush Curve
- A computer lab for vocational training at the Booker Washington Institute
- Sports infrastructure and sports training
- A generator for Grant Mari Mental Hospital
- Funding for two community radio stations at Gbarnga and Ganta.
"We continue to work closely with the relevant government ministries and a range of development organizations such as the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment to progress our commitments to Liberia. We look forward to communicating our progress as we move forward," Cottrell said.
Updated: March 2011