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Tower parts being shipped to Sierra Leone for CLSG project

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Ahmedabad, India, Tuesday, December 11, 2018: As part of the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) activities, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, accompanied by his team was on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, taken on an inspection tour of one of the manufacturing plants operated by EPC Contractors, KALPATARU Power Transmission Limited (KPTL) in Gandhinagar (Gujarat, India).

During the tour led by KPTL VP for production, Dharmesh R. Mahant, Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif and team including the Director of Finance and Administration, Jigba J. Yilla, Engineering and Contract Specialist Mohammed Sow, Communication Officer, Sidiki Trawally and Viralkumar R. Shah, representing the Owner’s Engineer (TRACTABEL), assessed tons of transmission tower parts made of galvanized steels, ready for shipment to Sierra Leone for the Lot #4 transmission Line segment from Bikongor to Bumbuna and Yiben. Lot #4 is being implemented by KPTL.

The manufacturing plant has state-of-the-art fabrication equipment such as CNC machines, drilling machines and EOT cranes. The Company takes pride in its well-trained, skilled and specialized engineers and technicians as well as well-defined testing equipment and an established quality assurance plan offering international standard quality product.

Good news for CLSG project

An elated TRANSCO CLSG General Manager is pleased with the development in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project. He expressed confidence in the ability of the EPC Contractors to deliver quality work thereby connecting light to the lives of the people in the beneficiary countries and beyond. “This is good news for the CLSG project,” the General Manager said as he posed for a photograph with the consignment.

Related article: Factory Acceptance Test ongoing in China, India

As one of the industry leaders in the power transmission business, KPTL provides end-to-end solution ranging from in-house designs, testing, procurement, fabrication, erection, installing and commissioning of power transmission lines. KPTL has its own Tower testing and R&D station near Gandhinagar which has sophisticated and state of art equipment.


According to company officials, the Testing station has a capacity of testing of testing up to 800 KV of Double Circuit Tower and 1200 KV of Single Circuit Tower, with 30×30 meters of base width and 85 meters of height.

It’s on this site that KPTL successfully tested the 225KV tower types for the CLSG project. The company’s strength is in its in-house R&D that is backed by a multi-disciplinary team of specialized engineers, sophisticated software and hardware facilities that provide value-added integrated engineering services for clients as part of comprehensive EPC services.


Factory Acceptance Test ongoing in China, India

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Abidjan, CI, Thursday, December 6, 2018: The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, accompanied by the Director of Finance and Administration, Josephus Jigba Yilla, is in China for Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the Optical Phase Conductor (OPPC) and Hardware fittings for OPPC.

The FAT is being carried out by TRANSCO CLSG along with the EPC Contractor, KALPATARU Power Transmission Limited, which is responsible for Lot #4 Transmission Line segment from Bikongor to Bumbuna and Yiben in Sierra Leone. The FAT is being conducted at ZTT Factory in Nantong, China from December 5-7, 2018.

The General Manager and team will continue the FAT in India during the week to inspect transmission towers and other equipment for the CLSG project in Sierra Leone. Stay tuned

See pictures below:


CLSG project Construction activities in pictures


Pit marking of transmission towers, elevation and slope checkup for towers, 40-meter corridor bush clearing, check survey for towers, as well as physical checking of tower positions and raising chimney for towers, among others.

Liberia – Photo courtesy of EPC Contractors, NCC

Sierra Leone – Photo courtesy: EPC Contractors, KALPATARU

More Equipment Arrive for CLSG Project in Liberia

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Abidjan, CI, Tuesday, November 20, 2018: Thirty-four containers containing equipment for the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project has arrived in Sanniquellie, Nimba County, Liberia.

EPC Contractors, Bouygues Energies and Services BES brought in the equipment including conductors, Transmission Line (TL) cables, among other for operations within the Man – Yekepa to Nzerekore Lot #1 201km transmission line corridor funded by the African Development Bank.

Bouygues Energies and Services BES have completed 26km out of the 36 km from Yekepa Substation Station to Ivory coast border for physical identification and marking of the Right of Way corridor.

Photos by Germain Paye, Social Safeguard Assistant, Liberia


Health Center for Linsan Citizens

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Republic of Guinea, 3 November 2018: The citizens of Linsan, one of the towns to benefit from the CLSG project in the Republic of Guinea, have constructed a modern health center financed by TRANSCO CLSG as part of the resettlement action plan for project affected persons (PAPs).

During the compensation process in Linsan, the PAPs proposed a health center project to be undertaken by TRANSCO CLSG as their compensation.

See pictures from Pierre Bavogui, Social Safeguard Assistant.

Meanwhile, a joint supervision mission from the World Bank and TRANSCO CLSG recently went to Linsan and visited the completed Health Center, financed by TRANSCOCLSG as compensation for the Linsan substation site.

Paivi Koskinen-Lewis, Social Safeguard Expert for the World Bank visited the heath center along with TRANSCO CLSG Social Safeguard Specialist, Marie Chantal Niambe-Ekra.


Towers of power: Liberia sees first tower erected

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Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, November 9, 2018:  Residents along the Buchanan to Yekepa corridor of the CLSG interconnection project were overwhelmed with excitement Friday when they saw the first transmission tower being erected. The EPC contractor, UTE Elecnor-Eiffage, which is implementing the CLSG Project in the area has erected the first tower in Liberia.

The Project Manager of UTE Elecnor-Effiage, Francois Christiene, in providing the details of the process assured the TRANSCO CLSG Liberia’s Country Manager, Jerry T. Taylor that 12 teams will be deployed to accelerate the erection of the 575 towers over a 230 km corridor, from Buchanan to Yekepa.

The contractors are expected to upscale civil works and other activities to take advantage of the Dry Season.

For the past few months, the EPC contractors have been constructing tower foundations and erecting towers in Sierra Leone and now Liberia – the first being Tower #5 from Buchanan substation towards Yekepa.



Featured: Soubre hydroelectric power station of Cote d’Ivoire

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The Soubre hydroelectric power station is Cote d’Ivoire and West Africa’s largest hydropower dam that has been built in Soubre, Cote d’Ivoire, in a move that further cements the country as a key supplier of electricity in the region. The Soubre hydroelectric power station is strategically located at the Naoua Falls on the Sassandra River.

It has an installed capacity of 275 megawatts (MW), which will help raise Cote d’Ivoire’s power output while enhancing the country’s status as a principal power producer and supplier in West Africa. “With Soubre dam, we’re on course to meet the target of 4,000 MW by 2020,” said Thierry Tanoh, energy minister of Cote d’Ivoire.

Cote d’Ivoire is interconnecting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea through the TRANSCO CLSG interconnection project.


TRANSCO CLSG reaching out to communities in Guinea

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First and foremost, community outreach gives back to the community. Our team at the Country office in the Republic of Guinea has been holding CLSG project related meetings with communities in and around Nzérékoré, Kindia and Forecariah, three Préfectures that are impacted by the CLSG project in Guinea.

The implementation of the CLSG project, in all its component requires interactions with local communities.

The meetings are centered around disclosing the complaints management mechanism that was set up in accordance with the Social Safeguard policies of TRANSCOCLSG in the project areas, to resolve conflicts and other issues that may arise during the project implementation.

Here are pictures of these activities in Nzérékoré, Kindia and Forecariah. Photos by Pierre Bavogui, Social Safeguard Assistant assigned in the Nzerekore prefecture.


TRANSCO CLSG tend la main aux communautés

Tout d’abord, la communauté doit être responsable de son rayonnement. Notre équipe du bureau-pays de la République de Guinée a tenu des réunions liées au projet CLSG avec des communautés dans et autour de Nzérékoré, Kindia et Forecariah, trois préfectures qui sont touchées par le projet CLSG en Guinée.

La mise en œuvre du projet CLSG, dans toute sa composante, nécessite des interactions avec les communautés locales.

Les réunions sont centrées autour de la divulgation du mécanisme de gestion des plaintes qui a été mis en place en conformité avec les politiques de sauvegarde sociale de TRANSCOCLSG dans les zones du projet, pour résoudre les conflits et d’autres questions qui peuvent surgir pendant la mise en œuvre du projet.

Voici quelques photos de ces activités à Nzérékoré, Kindia et Forecariah. Photos de Pierre BAVOGUI, Assistant en sauvegarde sociale assigné dans la préfecture de Nzerekore.