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Equipment for CLSG project arrive in Liberia

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Monrovia, Liberia, January 10, 2018: Specialized equipment are being shipped to Liberia for the kick-off of construction activities of the CLSG project. Already some of the equipment have been offloaded at the Port of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

The equipment will be deployed for the construction of Lot 1 transmission line from Yekepa to Buchanan, which is being implemented by the EPC contractor, UTE Elecnor -Eiffage. The equipment, among others include passenger trucks, crane truck, ambulance, caterpillar telehandler, wheel loader, backhoe loader, motor grader, tractor, and excavator.

The Country Manager of TRANSCO CLSG in Liberia, Jerry Taylor, is pleased with the level of progress being made in the implementation of the CLSG project in Liberia. He said the arrival of the equipment at the Port of Buchanan is a significant milestone in the project implementation.

Mr. Taylor lauded the Government of Liberia for its unwavering supports during the handling of the consignment upon arrival at the port.

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CLSG team visits project sites in Liberia

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By Germain Paye, Social Safeguard Assistant (SSA), Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia, December 7, 2017: The TRANSCO CLSG project team headed by the Social Safeguard Specialist (SSS) along with the owner’s engineer, TRACTEBEL and the EPC contractors, UTE Elecnor -Eiffage and NCC have conducted site visits at the Mount Coffee CLSG Substation in Monrovia, and in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County respectively.

The SSS, Mrs. Marie Chantel Niambi and team also launched the RAP data consolidation on December 3-8, 2017. During the mission, the team visited the first 40 km corridor in Lot 1 and 60 km targets in Lot 2. The team assessed properties that will be affected by the CLSG project. The assets including residences, farms, etc are being marked X to mentally prepare the People Affected by the Project (PAPs) to get ready for relocation from the No-Go Zone areas.

The TRANSCO CLSG team held public consultation with residents in Samy Tokpa Town, Compound 3, Grand Bassa county. Mrs. Niambi briefed the residents on the progress of the RAP data consolidation and CLSG project activities. She assured the PAPs of their rights to be compensated for their affected properties, the timeline for RAP data consolidation and beginning of the compensation process.

Specific objectives of the mission were to afford the project team acquaint with the effectiveness of EPC contractors’ mobilization and deployment, ensure that affected properties are marked in the 40 m corridor by EPC contractors, have some understanding on the RAP data consolidation activities for preparation of compensation, utilize efforts for strategies and modalities in compliance with Donors guidance, prepare the transfer of the corridors already marked to EPC contractor to begin civil works and to minimize social impacts of CLSG project on the population.

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CLSG project to boost regional security – AfDB Boss

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The President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina says the Côte d’Ivoire–Liberia–Sierra Leone–Guinea (CLSG) Interconnection Project will boost regional security and the overall economic integration of the Mano River Union Countries with Côte d’Ivoire through increased power trade and security of energy supply.

Me. Adesina added that the project will also contribute to climate change mitigation through replacement of thermal-based generation with hydropower. The Bank is one of the key financiers of the CLSG interconnection project. The Bank also funds the rural electrification component of the CLSG project.

“As I have always said, Africa cannot develop in the dark. You need electricity for small- and medium-sized enterprises to work, you need electricity for hospitals and you need electricity for kids to go to school and learn. Electricity access is a lifeline for Africa’s present and future,” Mr.Adesina told reporters in an interview.

 

 

Pres. Koroma: Our energy access will increase…

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The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone says in two years, energy access for Sierra Leoneans will further increase with the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) electricity networks interconnection project which involves the construction of a 1,357-long double high voltage (225kv) line to connect the national networks of the four countries.

In his closing speech at the Parliament in Freetown recently, President Ernest Bai Koroma said the CLSG project will transverse seven districts (Pujehun, Kenema, Kono, Tonkolili, Bombali, Koinadugu and Kambia Districts). He added that Twenty-eight communities including schools and health centres will be provided with electricity supply when the CLSG project is constructed and commissioned in 2019.

“We promised, and we delivered!” declared President Koromo to a rousing applause.

“Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, when we came into governance in 2007, total national power generation was less than 10 megawatts and Freetown, our nation’s capital was the darkest city on earth. But within the first three months in office, the APC Government switched on the lights. And by commissioning the 50MW Bumbuna Hydro Power Project, we increased the supply of electricity from less than 10 MW at the start of 2007 to 50 MW in 2009.  Today, the installed capacity is 182MW. We have therefore introduced prepaid meters to guarantee access and sustainability,” President Koromo furthered.

He said with support from the Chinese, the APC Government has completed the Mini-hydro projects at Bankasoka, Charlotte and Makali. We have also completed Yele, and the construction is ongoing for another in Moyamba.

The APC Government, according to him, further embarked on the installation of new thermal plants in Lungi and Koidu/New Sembehun, in Port Loko/Lunsar, in Moyamba, in Kailahun, Bonthe, Pujehun, Kabala and Kambia/Rokupr.  And we have commissioned a Bare Foot Solar Engineers Training Centre at Konta Line Village.

“We are also doing a complete overhaul of the Bo/Kenema Power Station to expand power generation and distribution. This includes the upgrade of the Dodo Dam to ensure a 12 MW all year-round supply of electricity with a target to serve the populations of Bo, Kenema and nearby villages.”

The Sierra Leonean Chief Executive also added that his government has commissioned a Hybrid system of Solar and hydro power to provide uninterrupted electricity to the River No. 2 community in the Western Rural Area. “And under the APC Government’s Rural Electrification Project, we completed the Installation of the first phase of 50,000 solar street lights across the country.”

President Koromo told members of parliament that through his government’s transformative Rural Renewable Energy Project, “we have embarked on increasing the electrification rate of households in the rural areas in order to boost the growth of businesses, health, schools and agricultural activities. In the short-term under this project, the APC Government has provided solar systems for 54 Chiefdom Health Centres (CHCs) and we are on course to expanding into 50 mini grids in those communities.”

Owing to all these efforts, overall access by end of 2015 exceeded 200,000 households. By 2017, overall access has exceeded 270, 000 households. “Through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, (JICA) project, we are constructing 11/33 KV transmission network from Wilberforce to Sussex through Goderich, and the primary substation at Goderich.”

“And with DFID support, we are upgrading the Freetown distribution network stretching from Blackhall Road to Wellington. We are also constructing and installing substations at Wilberforce, Kingtom, Portee and Wellington.”

He continued that his Government also secured support from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) for the development of a 6 MW Solar Power Park to be installed at Newton. Commissioning of the Park will take place next week. “And with support from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB)-we are strengthening and extending the medium and low voltage distribution networks in the Western Area. This project will provide relief against acute shortage of power distribution in the Western Area.”

 

 

World Bank Group Boosts Financing for CLSG Power Transmission Project

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FREETOWN, December 13, 2017:  The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) – Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) Power Interconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost-effective way, boosting economic and social development.

Despite the West African region’s large energy endowment, the per capita consumption of electricity is among the lowest in the world with approximately 171 kWh per capita in 2010. To address these challenges, the 15-member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) put in place the WAPP – a cooperative power pooling mechanism for integrating national power system operations into a unified regional electricity market – with the expectation that it will, over the medium to long term, assure citizens of a stable and reliable electricity supply at affordable costs.

WAPP identified the CLSG Interconnection Project, which aims to interconnect the four countries into the WAPP System, and help develop the least cost hydropower resources in these countries. The economic development impact of this transmission line is expected to be significant.

“This project will help transform the domestic power system in Sierra Leone, as it will significantly contribute to building the country’s national transmission backbone,” said Parminder Brar, World Bank Country Manager for Sierra Leone. “The project will further boost regional electricity trade and contribute to the creation of an integrated power trade market within the West African Power Pool. It will further contribute to the overall regional agenda for the development of efficient energy trade and is fully aligned with the Government’s strategy for the development of the electricity sector and the expansion of electricity services to the population.”

A 1,349km high-voltage transmission interconnection will be constructed between the four countries. Once the line is operational, it is expected to facilitate in the short and medium term, the import of cheaper electricity from the region, as well as enable in the medium and longer term, the development of Sierra Leone’s hydropower potential. In addition, it will provide access to electricity to large users (mines and others) that have until now had to generate their own electricity.

The original WAPP CLSG Regional Interconnection Project, jointly supported by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the German development Bank Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbrau (KfW), was approved in 2012 with the financing of US$476 million. In the original WAPP CLSG project, the financing to Sierra Leone was provided by AfDB and EIB. This new round of financing is provided jointly by the World Bank (to Liberia and Sierra Leone) and KfW (to Liberia). It will be used to bridge the financing gap caused by exchange rate fluctuations, as well as delays and increased costs of bids brought on by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in 2014.

Implemented in parallel with ongoing and planned World Bank projects in the country – such as the Energy Sector Utility Reform Project (ESURP) and the Western Area Power Generation Project (WAPGP) – the WAPP CLSG project aims to boost overall access to electricity and strengthen the energy sector in Sierra Leone. It also facilitates the integration of renewables, in line with the World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan (2016).

 

Contacts:

In Sierra Leone: Moses A. Kargbo, +232 76 345930, mkargbo@worldbank.org

For more information about the World Bank’s work in Sierra Leone visit: http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/sierraleone

For more information on the World Bank’s work in Africa, please visit: www.worldbank.org/afr

 

GM Outlines achievements in CLSG project

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The General Manager of TRANASCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif has outlined achievements and challenges in the implementation of the CLSG project in a speech delivered at the seating of the 16th Board of Directors meeting in Abidjan.

Mr. Sherif also acknowledged the remarkable efforts of his team which has made it possible to achieve those key deliverables on the project implementation and institutional functions. He said through their efforts, “we have achieved key milestones towards the project implementation.”

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Looking ahead in 2018, GM promises strong progress

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Abidjan, CI- December 28, 2017: The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif remains optimistic that with significant achievements made in 2017 in the implementation of the CLSG project, 2018 promises even more brighter future for the project.

“We are poised to conclude the procurement of the remaining EPC contractors in 2018, complete the compensation of persons affected by the project in August of 2018, and significantly advance the physical construction of the transmission line system,” Mr. Sherif assured when he addressed the 16th Board of Directors meeting in Abidjan early this month.

The General Manager recognized the invaluable role the Board played in helping these steady efforts towards achieving those crucial components of the CLSG project. “The management of TRANSCO CLSG recognizes your strong role in all this. You have clearly demonstrated your invaluable support to making sure our path was smooth. We are also grateful to donors, the governments and the member utilities of the CLSG countries for their partnership and support in pushing the CLSG project forward.”

Mr. Sherif said TRANSCO CLSG remain very confident that with the continued supports of the Board and donors, “we will construct and commission the CLSG project come December 2019.”

 

Board lauds TRANSCO CLSG Management for milestones

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The Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG have expressed confidence in the ability of the Management to implement the CLSG interconnection project.

Chairman Amidou Traore lauded the General Manager Mohammed M. Sherif and his team for achieving credible milestones already. “We have confidence in your ability to deliver,” the Chairman extoled the TRANSCO CLSG General Manager.

The Chairman said the Board was pleased with the significant progress already made, marked by the commencement of actual construction activities on the field by EPC contractors across the four countries – Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

TRANSCO CLSG has contracted eight out of 13 EPC contractors. All the six transmission lines contracts were concluded, and two out of the three substation contracts were also signed during 2017. These EPC contractors are currently working at the preliminary stage which includes series of key studies that are either completed or on going. The studies include soil investigations, aerial surveys, review and alignment of the line routing and factory acceptance tests.

TRANSCO CLSG also re-launched the procurement process for SCADA in Guinea, SVC at Man, and sub stations financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The contract for SVC was awarded to NR Electric, China and negotiations were concluded in November 2017. The request to authorize the General Manager to sign the contract was presented to the Board for consideration.

On the Environmental and Social Management Plan and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) front, consultants for the data consolidation and environmental baseline database have been recruited, and are currently executing their respective tasks. The NGOs for the compensation process have also been contracted. These efforts will lead to the start of compensation of persons affected by the project by early 2018.

Meanwhile, the Board has unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the General Manager until the end of the commissioning of the contract.

The General Manager assured the Board his fullest cooperation to implement the project. He thanked the Board for their explicit confidence in him to continue leading on the project. “I am honored, and I can assure you that I will do everything within my power to bring reliable and affordable electricity to our people in the subregion.”

Board appoints new Tech. Committee Chairman

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Mr. Ernest Hughes, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has been appointed as the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the TRANSCO CLSG Board of Directors.

Mr. Hughes succeeds the outgoing Chairman, Mr. Saah Mayah, former MD of LEC.

At its 16th Board and Stakeholder meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Amidou Traore announced the appointment following a unanimous vote of confidence by other members of the Board.

Mr. Hughes will now chair all Board’s technical committee meetings going forward.

The technical committee is responsible to review all technical issues relating to the implementing of CLSG projects in the four West African Countries and advise the board of directors.

Following the appointment, Mr. Hughes expressed gratitude for his preferment and promised to ensure that all technical guidelines relating to the implementation of the project are followed. “I am very grateful for such opportunity to serve as head of the TRANSCO CLSG technical committee. I will use this opportunity to ensure that all technical guidelines are followed for the success of this project”, he said.

The CLSG project aims to address the energy deficit in the ECOWAS sub-region. Predicated upon this, the Heads of States agreed to set up a regional energy policy to promote a regional energy market and pool resources.

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