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TRANSCO CLSG Launches Key ESMP and RAP components in Guinea

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Abidjan, CI, June 3, 2017: The Management of TRANSCO CLSG, a regional transmission company responsible for the transmission of affordable and reliable electricity to millions of citizens in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, is holding series of high-level coordination meetings with relevant stakeholders to formally launch key components for the effective implementation of the Environmental and Social activities in Guinea, and the EPC construction works.

The Director of the Project Implementation Unit (DPIU), Mr. Etienne Bailly is leading a senior level delegation to these meetings in Conakry, which start Tuesday, July 4, 2017 with the holding of a National Monitoring Committee meeting with stakeholders including officials of Government.

During the mission, two contracts will be signed and subsequently kickoff meeting held with the SOCIETE DE SERVICES INTEGRES D’APPUI AU DEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUE ET SOCIAL (ISADES) for the establishment of a Baseline Database of the Environmental Component, and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) Data Consolidation of the CLSG project Affected Persons in Guinea.

A third contract will also be signed with another company, ENTRAIDE UNIVERSITAIRE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT (EUPD) for the supervision of the compensation process of Persons Affected by the project in Guinea, then the related kickoff meeting will be held.

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, the TRANSCO CLSG delegation will hold kick off meeting with the EPC contractor, JV ANGELIQUE and TATA Project Ltd for the transmission line Lot 2 financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Traveling with the DPIU are the Engineering Coordinator, Erik Achi, the Environmental Coordinator, Pakidame Kolani, the Social Safeguard Specialist, Marie Chantel Niambe, the Senior Procurement and Contract Management Specialist, Mohamed Keita and the Communication Officer Sidiki Trawally. The Owner’s Engineer (TRACTEBEL Belgium) will also attend.

The development of the CLSG interconnection project will support local economies, creates jobs, and moves the CLSG countries toward a more reliable energy future, says the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif. “Our people are waiting to see the reliable and affordable electricity in their homes and communities. This will spur economic growth in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as well as in Ivory Coast.”

 

General Manager’s Full Statement at the GBE

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Says Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG in his opening remarks at the June 4th, 2017 ground breaking event of the CLSG project:

“Your Excellencies, despite the many challenges we have faced including the impact of the Ebola outbreak and procurement difficulties, we can proudly say that the CLSG interconnection project has reached a point of no return.”

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Cross border electricity link to transform access to energy in West Africa

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Monrovia, Liberia, June 5, 2017: Access to reliable and affordable energy in four West Africa countries will be transformed once a new 1303 km electricity interconnector, inaugurated on Sunday, June 4, 2017 on the sideline of the ECOWAS Heads of State Summit in Monrovia, is operational. The first cross-border energy supply between Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will support economic development, reduce the need to use expensive generators and allow existing and future hydro power projects to benefit the region.

President Ellen Johnson of Liberia led the historic ground breaking of the energy project. Joining her were her counterparts from Cote d’Ivoire (President Alassane Ouattara), Sierra Leone (President Ernest Bai Koroma) and Guinea (President Alpha Conde). Donor partners, contractors and other high-level officials from ECOWAS, CLSG countries and the international community were in attendance.

“We are pleased for this project. As many of you know, as ECOWAS proceeds to transform our economy, power has been identified as one of our main constraints. For Liberia, power is the one thing that has made a difference in the deterioration in the quality of life in all areas, as power supports education, health, industry, security and the comfort of life,” President Johnson Sirleaf said in her opening remarks.

The President maintains the CLSG project will bring to the beneficiary countries a big relief and that for those countries emerging, it will enable them to move at a faster pace in achieving their development goals. The Liberian leader described the CLSG project as major impetus for development in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. “As we break grounds, all four us as leaders of the CLSG countries, give to TRANSCO CLSG our fullest commitment and support to see that this project moves as quickly as possible in reaching the goals that have been set.”

“Once operational the CLSG Interconnector will ensure that communities across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea can access affordable electricity. Hard work by African and international partners over recent years has ensure essential technical and financial preparations based on international best practice could be completed and the construction phase of the scheme to proceed. CLSG Transco looks forward to continuing this close cooperation over the years to come,” confirmed Mohammed M. Sherif, Director General of TRANSCO CLSG.

The regional importance of the CLSG project was highlighted at a ground-breaking ceremony in the Liberian capital Monrovia attended by the heads of state of Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and local and international partners involved in the project.

In Sierra Leone and Liberia less than 5% of inhabitants have access to electricity and recent conflict in the region severely damaged existing infrastructure and hindered development of new networks. The new interconnector is also expected to significantly reduce use of diesel and heavy fuel oil generators.

The European Investment Bank is providing a EUR 75 million 25-year loan for the EUR 370 million CLSG Interconnector project that is also being financed by the African Development Bank, World Bank and KfW, as well as the four countries involved.

The EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund is also providing grant funding totalling EUR 27 million that will support technical assistance for engineering, feasibility studies and rural electrification. It will also reduce the loan repayment costs thereby allowing transmission tariffs to remain lower.

The European Investment Bank has supported regional energy investment through development and expansion of the West African Power Pool since 2005 and financed rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee hydropower facility in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Over the last decade the European Investment Bank has provided more than EUR 7.5 billion for energy investment across Africa.

Background information:

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals.

Press contacts:

CLSG Transco: Sidiki Trawally, Communication Officer, strawally@transcoclsg.org, Tel: +225 78222 616, Website: www.transcoclsg.org, Email: info@transcoclsg.org

EIB: Richard Willis, r.willis@eib.org, Tel.: +352 4379 82155, +352 621 555 758  Website: www.eib.org/press – Press Office: +352 4379 21000 – press@eib.org

 

CLSG Project A Major Impetus to Development – Pres. Sirleaf

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Monrovia, Liberia, June 5, 2017: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she and her counterparts from Cote d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara, Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma and Guinea, President Alpha Conde, are pleased with the CLSG interconnection project.

“We are all pleased to be here to break ground for this project. It will bring to all our countries a big relief and for those countries emerging, it will enable them to move at a faster pace in achieving their development goals,” the Liberian leader said in her opening remarks at the historic ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

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“As many of you know, as ECOWAS proceeds for transformation of our economy, power has been identified as one of our main constraints. For Liberia, power is the one thing that has made a difference in the deterioration in the quality of life in all areas, as power supports education, health, industry, security and the comfort of life,” the Liberian leader said.

President Sirleaf who led the historic ground-breaking ceremony for the CLSG project on the sideline of the ECOWAS Heads of State Summit on Sunday, June 4, 2017 furthered, “We have already started in the West African Power Pool to see the support and integration among the energy services in our countries. We have seen our Ministers working together to support the cross-border activities in support of the CLSG project, a milestone we are witnessing today.”

The Liberian leader described the CLSG project as a major impetus for national development. “As we break grounds, all four us as leaders of the CLSG countries, give to TRANSCO CLSG our fullest commitment and support to see that this project moves as quickly as possible in reaching the goals that have been set.” She thanked the donor partners and other key stakeholders for their unwavering support to the CLSG project.

The CLSG  project marks a turning point…

For his part, the General Manager Mohammed M. Sherif assured the leaders of the CLSG countries that the implementation of the CLSG project is at a point of no return. According to him, following the construction of the 1,303 kilometers of transmission line and sub stations, and commissioning the project in 2019, “we will be giving our people a new lease of life. The CLSG project will fuel economic growth throughout the region. For many, this will be the first chance at not only stable power, but any access to power at all.”

Mr. Sherif said across the CLSG countries, citizens including local leaders, entrepreneurs and small business owners are patiently waiting the realization of this project, adding, “We are poised to deliver on this mandate and we remain resolute in building on our achievements by accelerating the implementation project with a shared passion and commitment.”

He thanked President Sirleaf and her colleagues for their unwavering commitment to working together in the spirit of cooperation and partnership that has defined the journey thus far. The CLSG interconnection project, he said, is the largest power line project in the MRU, and this significant endeavor has been jointly funded with the resources of the African Development Bank, the World Bank, European Investment Bank (EIB) and the German Development Bank (KfW), and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

“There is no doubt, as I have highlighted, that increased electricity cooperation and trade between countries can enhance energy security, facilitate financing and bring economies-of-scale in investments.  It is something beyond this as well: we are showing to the world that our region is open for business, that our region can undertake significant, logistically difficult, cross-country investment.  That multi-million dollar projects can be successfully brought to realization in this region. The CLSG  project marks a turning point, for the millions who will get power, for the millions who will see a new hope for the region and so I am pleased to welcome you all to this groundbreaking ceremony.”

 

President Sirleaf leads historic Ground breaking for CLSG Project

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June 2, 2017, ABIDJAN, CI – Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf along with her counterparts from Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea, will formally break ground for the CLSG interconnection project, slated for Sunday, June 4, 2017, on the sideline of the high-level ECOWAS Heads of State summit in Liberia, on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

His Excellencies Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea will join President Johnson Sirleaf to conduct the historic ceremony in Liberia. The event will be graced by an array of dignitaries including donors of the CLSG project and other stakeholders.

The exciting ground-breaking event will kickstart physical construction activities of the 1,303-km transmission line and substations in the four Mano River Union (MRU) countries that constitute the CLSG (Cote d’Ivoire into Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea).

During a courtesy visit with President Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif made a formal request for the Liberian leader to conduct the ground-breaking ceremony along with her colleagues, seizing the opportunity of their assembly in Liberia for the summit. He also provided key progress update on the CLSG Project implementation and other forward-looking activities.

The General Manager assures that the mandate of TRANSCO CLSG will be fulfilled. According to him, there will be a sequential commissioning of the project lots, with the final commissioning expected by December 2019.

Mr. Sherif said the construction of a 1,303-km-long double circuit high voltage (225 kV) line will interconnect the national networks of all four Mano River Union (MRU) countries. He maintains the CLSG project is aimed at facilitating sustainable energy trade in the MRU through the provision of reliable electric power at competitive cost for millions of residents of the project impact area including communities, schools, health centers, commercial & industrial business, etc.

The CLSG project is the largest power line project in the MRU for the first time. The project is being financed by four donors including the World Bank, African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and KfW, and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

An international Treaty was signed in 2014 by the Heads of State of Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to establish a Special Purpose Company called ‘TRANSCO CLSG’ which stands for Transmission Company Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinée.

 

Annual Donors’ Coordination meeting in Liberia

 

Abidjan, CI May 24, 2017: The Management of TRANSCO CLSG, a regional transmission company responsible for the transmission of affordable and reliable electricity to millions of citizens in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is holding a high-level Donors’ Coordination meeting in Monrovia, Liberia to discuss the progress and challenges in the implementation of the CLSG project.

The annual meeting is being organized within the framework of the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project, to provide updates to stakeholders. The meeting runs from Wednesday, May 31, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Cape Hotel, Mamba Point.

Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG and senior staff of the Company have arrived in Monrovia for the meeting.

The World Bank (WB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the German Development Bank (KfW) are among the key stakeholders attending the meeting.

At the opening ceremony, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Amidou Traore will make welcome remarks to be followed by remarks by representatives of the Donors. Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr. Boima Kamara is expected to make remarks.

The Minister of Finance of Liberia will also make remarks. There will be presentation and discussion on the project progress status including the Project implementation progress, Status of the procurement activities, Contract effectiveness and mobilization of EPC contractors and Project change of scope. There will also be Presentation and discussion on the issue of the 5th substation in Liberia.

The procurement processes, the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), Project cost and financing, coordination strategy will be highlights of the meeting.

TRANSCO CLSG was created to carry out the CLSG interconnection project as reflected in the model agreed upon by the four Member States; that is to finance, construct, own, operate, develop and maintain an interconnection line between Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

This project aims at promoting a regional energy market and optimizes the use of energy resources in West Africa. It is one of the five priority projects of the West African Power Pool Master Plan that aims to build a 225kV high voltage line, long of 1,303 km to connect the electrical networks of the 4 countries.

The CLSG project is being financed by donors including the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and the German Development Bank (KfW) through loans and grants.

 

TRANSCO CLSG Challenges EPC Contractors, Demands Quality Work

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Abidjan, CI, April 24, 2017: The Management of TRANSCO CLSG along with its Owner’s Engineer is holding a two-day project kick off meetings with the EPC contractor, JV Sieyuan/Northeast China International Electric Power Corporation (NEIE), for Lot 1 sub stations in Kenema, Bikongor and Bumbuna in Sierra Leone. The meeting began on Monday, April 24, 2017 with the, in Abidjan.

The Lot 1 substation segment is being funded by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The kickoff meeting will discuss the overview of the CLSG interconnection project including its scope and implementation plan. During the meetings, TRANSCO CLSG will also discuss key challenges and the strategy to address those issues with the EPC contractors. The meeting will also review the risks and other mitigation measures for effective project implementation.

Also on the agenda for discussion are the plan for mobilization and deployment of staff, communication plan between TRANSCO CLSG and the EPC contractor, Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) data consolidation and the preparation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) construction. Other critical success factors are also high on the agenda.

In his opening remarks, the Director of the Project Implementation Unit of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Etienne Bailly, challenged the contractors to ensure they produce quality work that is compliance with international standards. He said the expectation of the CLSG countries is so high that there is no option for delay.

“There is no option for low quality work. We demand quality work. We expect you to act as professionals and deliver quality work by respecting the technology, the guidelines, and everything that will make the CLSG project a success story. This is a very complex, but exciting project that we are going to implement together.”

 

TRANSCO CLSG Project at a major milestone

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Monrovia, Liberia, April 6, 2017: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will lead an array of heads of state of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire to officially break ground for the CLSG interconnection project on the sideline of the ECOWAS summit slated for June 4, 2017, in Monrovia, Liberia.

Heads of State of the ECOWAS will convene a high-level summit in Monrovia, Liberia. On the sideline of this Summit, the official Groundbreaking ceremony of the CLSG interconnection project is being organized. The exciting milestone event will officially begin the physical constriction of the 1,303 km of transmission line and substations from Cote d’Ivoire into Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

During a courtesy visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif provided progress update on the CLSG Project implementation and other forward-looking activities including the official groundbreaking ceremony of the CLSG project.

Mr. Sherif  informed the Liberian leader that six out of nine EPC contracts for the transmission line and substations have been signed. He assured the President that the CLSG project is on the right track. He extolled the unwavering support of the Liberian government towards the effective implementation of the CLSG project.

The General Manager further informed that there will be sequential commissioning of the CLSG project lots, and that the final commissioning is expected by December 2019.

The TRANSCO CLSG General Manager also used the occasion to make a formal request for President Sirleaf to conduct the ground-breaking ceremony, seizing the opportunity of the assembly of her colleagues in Liberia.

In response, President Sirleaf welcomed the TRANSCO CLSG delegation to her office including the Country Manager of Liberia, Jerry T. Taylor and the Communication Officer, Sidiki Trawally. “The CLSG project is very important and will bring a lot of benefits to our people in the sub-region,” the President declared.

President Sirleaf maintained that the CLSG project will drive a lot of activities under Liberia’s transformation agenda.

Meanwhile, TRANSCO CLSG is collaborating with the relevant agencies of government to ensure the successful outcome of the groundbreaking ceremony.

 

Sierra Leone Energy Minister pays courtesy visit to HQ

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Abidjan, CI, March 30, 2017: Despite his busy engagement with the AfBD’s Energy Week workshop, the Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone, Hon. Henry O. Macauley took some time off today to pay a brief courtesy visit to the headquarters of TRANSCO CLSG in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif welcomed the Minister and later guided him on a tour of the facility.

The General Manager was joined by his senior team including the Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Jigba Yilla and the Director of the Project Implementation Unit, Mr. Etienne Bailly. (SEE PHOTOS)

The visiting Minister of Energy greeted staff of TRANSCO CLSG during the tour. Following the tour, Minister Macauley thanked Mr. Sherif and his team for the hard work in pushing the CLSG interconnection project forward. “I am pleased with what I see happening here,” the elated Minister said minutes before he departed the premises.

Minister Macauley attended the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Off-Grid Revolution consultation workshop. The AfDB brought together more than 180 stakeholders across the off-grid energy sector on Tuesday, March 28, in the context of “Energy Week” at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan to discuss interventions to support the scale-up of energy access investments.

The overarching objective was to unleash an “Off-Grid Energy Revolution”, to provide up to 75 million households and businesses not covered by the power grid with modern, clean and affordable electricity using decentralized solar technologies.

During the plenary session of the Off-Grid Revolution consultation workshop, opening remarks were given by Bank President Akinwumi Adesina; the Minister of Oil, Energy and Energy Development of Côte d’Ivoire, Thierry Tanoh; and the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Henry Macauley.

President Adesina said, “Africa’s energy potential is as enormous as its electricity deficit. We must move quickly to unlock this energy potential. We must be smart, efficient, sustainable and quick in our actions.” The Off-Grid Revolution stakeholder consultation comes under the framework of the New Deal on Energy for Africa, which aims to provide universal energy access to all Africans by 2025.

“Although we can employ mix of approaches, off-grid solutions must be at the core of our approach to achieve the ambitious electricity access targets that we have set,” Adesina added.

The future of off-grid energy solutions is bright. Amadou Hott, the AfDB Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth, noted that millions of Africans have recently been connected to electricity by start-ups, driven by plummeting costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) and batteries, innovations in mobile payments and wireless communications technologies. “These businesses are increasing energy access across Africa faster, more cheaply, and more widely than conventional grid extension,” said Hott.

In break-out sessions, participants discussed the issues related to access to financing, risk mitigation, enabling environment and appropriate business models to scale up the energy access in Africa. Overall, stakeholders reiterated the need for a stronger political will by governments, ensure long-term integrated planning of off-grid and on-grid, and to develop the local ecosystem including manufacturing, skills development. Stakeholders also agreed on the need for more patient capital and local currency financing, hedging tools to mitigate foreign exchange risks, and to improve the credit scoring data.

 

Board Authorizes GM to sign more EPC Contracts

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Abidjan, CI, March 20, 2017: The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG has been authorized by the Board of Directors to sign additional EPC contracts for the transmission line and sub stations financed by the donors.

The Board gave the authorization during its 14th General Assembly meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Abidjan.

The Board authorized the signing EPC contracts for the construction of 11 new sub stations financed by the four donors in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and the extension of the substation in Cote d’Ivoire.

Meanwhile, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, on Monday, March 20, 2017 signed an EPC contract for the construction of substation (Lot 1) in Sierra Leone. The contract is funded by the European Investment Bank and was awarded to the Sieyuan-Neie JV’s of China.  (SEE PICTURES)