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.”