By David Lewis and Alphonso Toweh

President of Liberia, Ellen John Sirleaf

MONROVIA (Reuters) – Mining firms Vale of Brazil and Israeli-owned BSGR are to help Liberia in the West African state’s bid to raise its power production from virtually nothing to 1,000 megawatts, the minister involved said.

Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Eugene Shannon also said Vale had an agreement to ship through Liberia iron ore due to be mined with partner BSGR in neighbouring Guinea, but noted Vale was not in talks over a mining concession in Liberia itself.

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