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Businessman’s take on the CLSG project

Thousands of residents in N’Zérékoré, Guinea’s second largest city by population after the capital, Conakry, and the largest city in the southeastern region are gearing up for the coming of the CLSG interconnection electricity, reports from the commercial and economic center have confirmed.

Residents have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the CLSG electricity, which authorities and businesses say will boom economic activities in the region. In fact, the news of connecting the city and its environs to the CLSG power line remains the hottest topic in many quarters, as people await the historic moment the stable and affordable electricity is switched on for good.

The excitement is felt by anyone visiting the region. The recent signing of the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) by the Guinean government through its national utility, EDG with TRANSCO CLSG in Conakry and the turning on of the CLSG power in Kenema and Bo (Sierra Leone) have puffed up the eagerness.

“Every day, we pray to get this light because we have been living here for years without any reliable power,” an excited resident said after he listened to local news reports that CLSG electricity is coming soon to the city. Another resident at a local restaurant added, “I can imagine us sleeping sound, without the usual dark world at night with candles here and there. Thank God for our government and the CLSG people…”

Among the excited residents is one notable business man, Abdoulaye Kolie Diani, who runs the popular Hôtel Diani and Restaurant in the heart of Nzerekore. “Electricity is important for everyone, but the CLSG power is coming for me,” Mr. Diani said with smile and added that without electricity, schools and hospitals and the whole community will remain in darkness. “It also affects our businesses.”

Hotel Diani is a super structure built around a landscaped courtyard with a little greenery. It has a swimming pool, a restaurant on a covered terrace and a nightclub (in a nearby courtyard) which completes the facilities available to guests. The Proprietor, Mr. Diani said the coming of the CLSG electricity is very welcoming news for his business and his city.

Mr. Diani said stable and affordable electricity is very important for businesses to flourish in his city. According to him, he runs five generators per day on a minimum of $350 to $400 USD budget just to provide services to his guests. “I don’t run the generators the whole day. It constrains me to run the machines the whole day becuase its too costly doing that,” Diani disclosed.

The coming of the CLSG interconnection line in Nzerekore will be a huge relief for him. According to Mr. Diani, he will save three times the money he is spending now on running his generators when the stable electricity is turned on. Right now, he said: “It’s really stressful so I cant wait!”

Mr. Diani has plans to expand his business empire in the city once there is stable electricity. In fact, he’s already constructing a new hotel in anticipation of the CLSG line coming to Nzerekore. “We are very excited and we also thank the government for the good news.”

We are connecting light to lives!

Guinea signs TSA, Seals deal to receive CLSG electricity

The Republic of Guinea is now the second country in the CLSG to complete the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cote d’Ivoire and the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) with TRANSCO CLSG. Therefore, the much-awaited CLSG electricity would be commissioned in the country soon.

Over the weekend in Conakry, the Director General of the Guinean national utility (EDG), Bankaly Maty signed the TSA with TRANSCO CLSG while the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif signed for the regional energy company. In doing so, Guinea has sealed the deal to receive electricity.

We are indeed connecting light to lives!

Energy Min. Lauds TRANSCO CLSG For Critical Milestones in the Project Implementation

The Minister of Energy, Hydraulics and Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Guinea, Ibrahima Abe Sylla, has underscored the importance of the CLSG project, which interconnects Cote d’Ivoire with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Minister Sylla described the CLSG project as an important project which will spur major economic activities in the region.

He urged strong collaboration with the regional company to ensure stable and affordable electricity is available for the population. He also thanked the TRANSCO CLSG for achieving critical milestones under some difficult circumstances. “We need this electricity…” Minister Sylla noted.

The Minister made the brief remarks when he welcomed the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, and his senior management team at his office in Conakry, during a courtesy call, on Monday, December 20, 2021.

The General Manager provided updates on the progress and challenges in the project implementation and assured the Minister of TRANSCO CLSG’s readiness to transport unimpeded services.

The Republic of Guinea has already taken giant steps to improve electricity access for its population when she signed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cote d’Ivoire recently.

Guinea, through its national utility, EDG, is also expected to sign the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) with TRANSCO CLSG later this Tuesday, December 21, 2021. In doing so, Guinea has sealed the deal to receive electricity.

We are indeed connecting light to lives!

Sierra Leone Lights up Kenema, Bo Through TRANSCO CLSG Grid

SIERRA LEONE – The prolonged state of unreliable electricity in Kenema, Sierra Leone’s second largest city and the town of Bo, is over as President Maada Bio switched on the long-awaited electricity from the TRANSCO CLSG line on Thursday, December 23, 2021.

Moments after the President turned on the light, the city went into frenzy as residents jubilated the outcome of the historic ceremony.

In his remarks, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif noted that by switching on this light, President Bio is offering the people of Sierra Leone hope for a better life, improved health, and education, alleviating poverty, and fostering sustainable socio-economic development.

Sierra Leone is the first country to sign both the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) and start trade on the line in earnest. This, the General Manager added, is a clear manifestation of the President’s leadership role played in ensuring that this transformative CLSG project is achieved for the betterment of all.

Both Sierra Leone and Guinea have manifested their unwavering readiness to provide unimpeded electricity access to their respective populations as both countries have completed the signing of the PPAs and TSAs.

Mr. Sherif thanked President Bio for his firm support to the CLSG project implementation. He also recognized the laudable efforts and supports provided by the Ministers and government officials of the Ministries of Finance, Energy, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Lands, Labor, the residence Ministers of East and North and the EPA; The Paramount Chiefs, chiefs, tribal elders in our areas of operations, the Project Affected persons, contractors and subcontractors. “Thank you, sir, for such a visionary sight, we are reaping the fruits of that journey today.”

Pres. Bio in a brief remark paid special tribute to TRANSCO CLSG for making the electricity available for the people of Sierra Leone. He also lauded the relentless effort by the Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, Finance Minister and other stakeholders including the donors and the country parliament for their unwavering commitment that has resulted in the realization of electricity in Kenema and Bo respectively.

He expressed his gratitude to the donors for their relentless support towards the development goals of Sierra Leone and for supporting this CLSG project to completion. “You have shared our vision as a government that the lack of access to affordable and stable electricity is a constraint to economic and national development.

“More electricity means more economic activities, better jobs, profitable private capital investments, increased manufacturing and technological capacity, increased food production, more innovation, better health care and education and better quality of life for the population,” President Bio said.

President Bio recognized that affordable and reliable electricity sits very well with Sierra Leone’s development needs and agenda. “Energy is indeed a cross-enabler and a critical driver of development,” he added.

Another Milestone: Sierra Leone signs TSA with TRANSCO CLSG, Guinea next

TRANSCO CLSG’s readiness to supply stable and affordable electricity to CLSG countries has just got another boost with Sierra Leone concluding negotiation and signing of the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) with the regional energy company on Friday, December 17, 2021 in Abidjan. The Republic of Guinea is expected to sign the agreement early next week in Conakry.

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif signed on behalf of his company while Mr. James Rogers, Director General of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA signed for Sierra Leone. Recently, Sierra Leone and Guinea signed the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with CI-Energies on November 30, 2021 and December 01, 2021 respectively. The signing of these agreements will empower TRANSCO CLSG to transmit the electricity from Cote d’Ivoire to the other countries.

Sierra Leone and Guinea recently dispatched high-powered delegations to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire that met with H.E Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d’Ivoire. The delegations from the two countries thanked the government and people of Cote d’Ivoire for playing a critical role in promoting regional integration, as evident in the transformative CLSG project.

As TRANSCO CLSG moves closer to the conclusion of the construction phase, it is excited that the long-piped dream to begin commercial operations and deliver electricity to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will soon become a reality in January 2022.

It is the expectation of Management of TRANSCO CLSG that LEC of Liberia would also sign the PPA with CI-Energies and TSA with TRANSCO CLSG before the end of December 2021. LEC’s negotiations with CI Energies and TRANSCO CLSG are far advanced.

GM hails outgoing Board Chairman, Welcomes new Chairman

The General Manager has praised Mr. Amidou Traore, the outgoing Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG, for playing a significant role in taking the CLSG project from concept to reality.

Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif also welcomed Mr. Noumoury Sidibe, the newly appointed Director-General of CI-Energies, as an incoming Board Chairman representing CI-Energies at the Shareholders.

In his statement at the 26th meeting of the Board of Directors on Monday, December 13, 2021, General Manager Sherif hailed the outgoing Board Chairman, Mr. Traore, for his remarkable leadership role in pushing the CLSG interconnection project to where it is today.

Mr. Traore

Mr. Sherif acknowledged that under Mr. Traore’s guidance, the CLSG project weathered many challenges and achieved critical milestones during the process. He said Mr. Traore demonstrated deep interest and commitment not just to deliver reliable but affordable electricity to the people of the CLSG countries and the ECOWAS region as a whole.

Mr. Traore was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Regulatory Authority for the Electricity Sector of Côte d’Ivoire (ANARE-CI) by H.E Alassane Ouattara, President of Cote d’Ivoire in August 2021.

Mr. Sherif also used the occasion to welcome the new Chairman, Mr. Sidibe. He said TRANSCO CLSG and the Board remain confident that Mr. Sidibe’s expertise will be invaluable to the Board of Directors, the CLSG interconnection project, and the sub-region as the regional company endeavors to deliver reliable, sustainable, and affordable electricity to the CLSG countries and beyond.

Mr. Sidibe

In response, Mr. Traore presented best wishes to the Board, the management of TRANSCO CLSG, the Donors, and other stakeholders for their unwavering cooperation towards the successful implementation of the CLSG project.

“I have explicit confidence in Mr. Sidibe’s ability to lead. He will make sure TRANSCO CLSG continues on the progress,” Mr. Traore said. Calling the meeting as his last Board meeting, Mr. Traore extended gratitude to H.E President Ouattara for the renewed trust and opportunity to serve his country and people.

Mr. Traore chaired the meeting via Zoom from Paris, France.

 

Sierra Leone’s VP Calls on President Alassane Ouattara, Presents Letter from President Julius Maada Bio

Abidjan, Còte d’Ivoire, Tuesday November 30, 2021 – Sierra Leone’s Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh called on President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire and presented him a letter on the TRANSCO CLSG electrification project from His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.

Speaking on the purpose of his visit, Vice President Jalloh said he was in Côte d’Ivoire as a Special Envoy of President Bio and was in the country with a high-powered delegation to firm up arrangements in relation to the TRANSCO CLSG Power Purchase and Transmission Services Agreements with a view to lighting up the southeastern parts of Sierra Leone.

He conveyed the appreciation of President Bio to President Ouattara, adding that the Ivorian President had played a critically important role in the promotion of regional integration as evident in the transformative CLSG project.

Vice President Jalloh informed President Ouattara that his Sierra Leonean opposite number was eager to see the energization of the power line so as to accelerate the delivery of reliable and sustainable electricity to the southeastern cities of Bo and Kenema.

While thanking Vice President Jalloh for his eloquent presentation, President Alassane Ouattara described President Bio’s leadership as quintessential of exemplary statesmanship, adding that the fact that he had to dispatch such a high-level delegation was indicative of his commitment to the acceleration and realization of the CLSG project.

He assured Vice President Jalloh that his country would continue to support Sierra Leone and also expressed his personal desire to support President Bio in his efforts to achieve energy security in Sierra Leone.

President Ouattara instructed his Minister of Energy to forge a strong partnership with Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy and to ensure that the Power Purchase Agreements protocols were signed to enable the people of Bo and Kenema enjoy uninterrupted electricity.

The Vice President was accompanied by the Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay and other officials. The energy sector reforms continue.

Story by Austine Lusine, Communication Specialist, Ministry of Energy of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone, Guinea sign Power Purchase Agreement with Cote d’Ivoire

Following his robust engagement with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire, the Vice President of Sierra Leone who leads a high-powered delegation to Abidjan has affirmed government of Sierra Leone commitment to conclude arrangements for the signatures of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone and the Transmission Services Agreements (TSA) between TRANSCO CLSG and Sierra Leone that will enable Cote d’Ivoire to light up the southeastern parts of Sierra Leone.

As a special envoy of President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Julde delivered a personal letter to President Ouattara thanking the government and people of Cote d’Ivoire for playing a critically important role in promoting the regional integration as evident in the transformative CLSG project.

Accompanied by the Sierra Leonean Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay and the delegation comprising other top government officials, the Vice President told President Ouattara that Sierra Leone attaches high importance to improving electricity access to Sierra Leone.

The Vice President said the signing of the PPA and TSA will enable Sierra Leone to benefit from the CLSG project, and spur economic development and attract investments in the country.

Vice President Jalloh informed President Ouattara that President Bio was eager to see the energization of the power line so as to accelerate the delivery of reliable and sustainable electricity to the southeastern cities of Bo and Kenema initially.

He underscored the economic importance of electricity in any given society and that Sierra Leoneans are yearning for stable and affordable electricity. According to him, the people of Sierra Leone cannot wait to see electricity being brought to their country.

While thanking Vice President Jalloh for his eloquent presentation, President Alassane Ouattara described President Bio’s leadership as quintessential of exemplary statesmanship, adding that the fact that he had to dispatch such a high-level delegation was indicative of his commitment to the acceleration and realization of the CLSG project.

Meanwhile the Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone on Wednesday, November 30, 2021, graced the signing ceremony of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of the CLSG electrification project at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Energy in Abidjan. He reiterated the commitment of the administration of President Julius Maada Bio to expanding the energy space and increasing access to the basic facility.

While expressing his delight at the signing ceremony, Minister Sesay said he was at the ceremony with a sense of appreciation and fulfillment, describing the day as historic and commending the people of Sierra Leone for their patience, support and understanding. The Energy Minister said Côte d’Ivoire has done the subregion proud because it now has the capacity to export electricity to sister countries.

The Director General of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), James Rogers signed the PPA for Sierra Leone while the Director General of CI Energies, M. Moumory Sidibe signed for Cote d’Ivoire. The Director General of CIE Ahmadou Kakayoko also signed the PPA documents. The event was graced by the Ivorian Minister of Mine, Petroleum and Energy, M. Thomas Camara, WAPP Secretary General, M. Siengui Appolinaire KI, and the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif and his team.

Earlier on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, the Vice President of Sierra Leone and delegation paid a courtesy call on the Management of TRANSCO CLSG at its Headquarters in Abidjan. During the visit, Dr. Jalloh thanked the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG and his management team for the enviable progress made in the implementation of the CLSG project across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Guinea signs PPA

The Government of the Republic of Guinea has also signed the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cote d’Ivoire. The Director General of the Guinean electricity utility (Electricité de Guinée – EDG) Mr. Bankaly Maty signed for Guinea and the Director General of CI Energies, M. Moumory Sidibe signed for Cote d’Ivoire.

With the signing of the agreements, Sierra Leone and Guinea have taken giant steps closer to connecting their cities/towns, communities including homes, hospitals, and schools using the CLSG power line. Both countries sent high-powered delegations to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire recently and negotiated, finalized, and signed the agreements with the Ivorian national utility, CI Energies. The agreements were developed through an ongoing partnership among CLSG countries.

“This is a critical milestone for the project,” Mohammed M. Sherif, General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG said.

With the signing of the PPAs, the governments Sierra Leone and Guinea have demonstrated commitment to making sure their citizens receive unimpeded electricity. The two countries called for sustainability in the delivery of the electricity, to which the Minister of Energy of Cote d’Ivoire assured the parties that the electricity being supplied will be stable. It is expected that Liberia will sign the PPA soon.

The PPA represents a big step forward in improving the economies of the two countries. The agreement offers long-term electricity supply agreement between the parties and is a key component that will ensure the viability of TRANSCO CLSG, and jumpstarts trades on the transmission line by beneficiary countries.

The CLSG countries are also in negotiation with TRANSCO CLSG to conclude the Transmission Service Agreements (TSA) and sign these agreements that will empower TRANSCO CLSG to transmit the electricity from Cote d’Ivoire to the other countries.

Sierra Leone’s VP Visits TRANSCO CLSG HQ In Abidjan Ahead Of The Signing Of The PPA & TSA

The Vice President of Sierra Leone says his country is fully prepared to light up its communities including schools and hospitals using the CLSG interconnection line. H.E Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh made the statement when he paid a courtesy call on the Management of TRANSCO CLSG at their Abidjan headquarters in Cocody on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Following his meeting with the President of Cote d’Ivoire, H.E Alassane Dramane Ouattara, and amidst his booked itinerary, the Vice President visited the TRANSCO CLSG offices, where he thanked the General Manager Mohammed M. Sherif and his management team for the enviable progress made in the implementation of the CLSG project across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Dr. Jalloh underscored the economic importance of electricity in any given society and that Sierra Leoneans yearn for stable and affordable electricity. He said the government of Sierra Leone attaches importance to the CLSG project and couldn’t wait to see electricity being brought to the people of Sierra Leone.

This is why he’s leading a high-powered delegation to Abidjan for the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cote d’Ivoire and the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) with TRANSCO CLSG.

The Vice President was accompanied by the Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Kanja Sesay and other senior level officials in the energy sector of Sierra Leone.