In February 2012, the Summit of ECOWAS Heads of States and Government approved the revised ECOWAS Master Plan for the Generation and Transmission of Electric Power which identifies the Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) Interconnection Project as one of the five (5) priority projects of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) for the West African Sub-Region.
The objective of the WAPP is to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructures so that all ECOWAS member states are given access to economic energy resources.
In order to accelerate the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project, WAPP uses a Special Purpose Companies as a vehicle of achieving this objective. Accordingly, the four countries have duly signed and ratified an International Treaty establishing a Regional Transmission Company (RTC) known as TRANSCO CLSG with the mandate to finance, construct, own, operate and further develop the CLSG transmission interconnection line.. TRANSCO CLSG is fully established and has been operational since September 5, 2014 following the appointment of its General Manager and his subsequent assumption into office at its Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
When the CLSG Interconnection Project is realized, it will interlink the completed WAPP Coastal Transmission Backbone Interconnection Project and the proposed (on-going) OMVG/OMVS Power System Development Projects which are part of the WAPP Priority Projects. It is expected that the on-going Inter-zonal Transmission Hub and the North Core Transmission Projects when completed, will connect the existing robust 330kV transmission corridor in the sub-region to close the ring of the proposed WAPP High Voltage Grid mesh.