LHI to export hydro-engineering services to Liberia | Sunday Observer

LHI to export hydro-engineering services to Liberia

21 May, 2023
Janaka  Kurukulasuriya
Janaka Kurukulasuriya

Lanka Hydraulic Institute (LHI) has been entrusted to conduct a hydro-engineering study and prepare a detailed design for a coastal protection structure in West Point, Monrovia Liberia by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Threatened by global climatic change, West Point, Monrovia experiences coastal erosion and shoreline retreat which affects Monrovians’ fishery-based livelihoods of approximately 55,000.

Lanka Hydraulic Institute (LHI) being a forerunner in the coastal engineering consultancy worldwide, determined to roll out a customised, efficient and sustainable engineering solution in line with the expectations of all stakeholders.

LHI CEO Janaka Kurukulasuriya and Principal Specialist Dr. Raveenthiran said, “We are proud to win this project in Liberia as it clearly shows our work is increasingly trusted by those who seek quality, economy and timely delivery.”

The company maintains a state-of-the-art hydraulics laboratory with abilities in engineering design, field measurements, physical and mathematical modeling, and construction supervision. A senior specialist at LHI, Dr. Sanjeewa Wickramaratne said,

“This in fact will be our 17th project in Africa. Prior to this, LHI was successful in winning two projects in Eretria, six in Algeria, five in Mauritius, and one each in Rwanda, Re-Union Island and Senegal. In addition, our global footprint is further enhanced with successful contracts with France, Belize, Oman, Iran, UAE, South Korea, and Brunei, not forgetting 35 projects completed for our South Asian neighbours: India, Maldives, and Bhutan.”

A significant feature of LHI is that all projects are handled in-house using Sri Lankan expertise. Key project staff consists of four PhD and six MSc qualified senior engineers having ample international and local experience, backed with a technically proficient supportive staff.

“Despite tumultuous times that prevailed in global markets,LHI’s financial performance last year is outstanding as its turnover shot up to Rs. 300 million with almost 62% of which is coming from exports. The penultimate year too created headlines with export revenue surpassing Rs. 278 million”, said its Chief Executive Kurukulasuriya.