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TRANSCO CLSG launches Environmental Monitoring in CI

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Abidjan, CI, Saturday, May 26, 2018: Within the framework of the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) activities, TRANSCO CLSG and the Côte d’Ivoire Environmental Protection Agency (ANDE) launched the Environmental Monitoring Program with Local Authorities of Man and Danané, on  Thursday, May 24, 2018.

The purpose of this program is to monitor the implementation of the ESMP including Health, Safety and Environmental aspects during the construction phase of the CLSG interconnection project in compliance with National Regulations.

The ceremony, which was attended by local authorities, the EPC contractors BOUYGUES E&S and the Owner’s Engineer, TRACTEBEL. Following the ceremony, the team conducted site visit with TRACTEBEL and BOUYGUES E&S.

 

 

 

TRANSCO CLSG Task Force concludes successful missions in Liberia, Sierra Leone

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Abidjan, CI, Tuesday, May 22, 2018: The Task Force set up by the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG has successfully completed a week long working mission to Liberia and Sierra Leone, during which the team held crucial technical discussions with relevant authorities in those countries.

Within the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project, the Board of Directors of the TRANSCO CLSG set up a Task Force with the objective to ensure synergy in the construction of the CLSG line with the development of High Voltage and Medium Voltage networks in the member countries, and with the purpose to enable a much wider access to energy by the population.

The Task Force is composed of a team of experts from CI ENERGIES of Cote d’Ivoire and TRANSCO CLSG and is supported by the Senior Strategic Advisor of TRANSCO CLSG.

The overall objective of the mission was to undertake a review of the status of implementation of sub transmission and distribution network development projects that interface with the CLSG transmission line and to provide support if needed.

The delegation included Amadou Diallo, Senior Strategic Adviser of TRANSCO CLSG, Vanié Bi Tiécoura Michel, Scientific Cooperation Adviser of CI-Energies, Ahamed Diarrassouba, Head of Studies & Distribution of CI-Energies, Yao Syllas M’Bra, Studies/Engineer & Distribution of CI-Energies, Etienne Bailly, Project Director of TRANSCO CLSG and Achi Ambroise Erick-Paterne, Engineering Coordinator of TRANSCO CLSG.

The Task Force visited Sierra Leone from May 15-17, 2018 and Liberia from May 18-19, 2018. The mission was successful as discussions with the relevant authorities were fruitful and action points taken for the next steps that will enhance coordination between TRANSCO CLSG and beneficiary countries to accelerate the implementation of the CLSG project.

 

World Bank, TRANSCO CLSG mission in Pictures

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Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, April 30, 2018: A joint team of the World Bank annual supervision mission and TRANSCO CLSG has concluded its verification to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The mission validated ongoing activities as they relate to the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) of the CLSG interconnection project.

The joint mission was conducted by the environmental and social specialists including Roberts Robews and Akhilesh Ranjan) from the World Bank and Pakidam Kolani and Marie Chantal Niambe of TRANSCO CLSG from April 23 -30, 2018.

The objective of the mission is to identify and assess the potential impacts of the CLSG project on sensitive ecosystems, protected areas along the project corridor and ensure that people in the project areas are not negatively impacted.

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Sierra Leone and Liberia

 

More PAPs Receive compensations in Liberia, Sierra Leone

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Monrovia, Liberia, April 26, 2018: Hundreds of persons affected by the CLSG interconnection project in Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Liberia, have received compensations for the loss of their properties that fall within the transmission and substation corridors.

Meanwhile, TRANSCO CLSG continues the process in Liberia with about 135 persons affected by the CLSG project set to receive their fare compensations for the loss of their properties including farmlands which are within the 62km of Lot # 1 transmission line corridor segment running from Buchanan in Grand Bassa to the Margibi county borderline.

TRANSCO CLSG will continue this compensation activity in the port city of Buchanan beginning Friday, April 27, 2018. The process is being conducted by the TRANSCO CLSG management team headed by its Social Safeguard Specialist, Marie Chantal Niambe.

Following the payment process, TRANSCO CLSG management will turn over the project site to EPC contractor, National Contracting Company (NCC).

More than 150 persons who are affected by the project have been paid compensations since the process was launched in the country on March 5, 2018.

 

World Bank Annual Supervision Mission in Sierra Leone, Liberia

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Abidjan, CI, Tuesday, April 24, 2018: A joint team of the World Bank annual supervision mission and TRANSCO CLSG is visiting Sierra Leone and Liberia to validate ongoing activities as they relate to the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) of the CLSG interconnection project.

The joint mission is being conducted by the environmental and social specialists (Roberts Robews and Akhilesh Ranjan) from the World Bank and TRANSCO CLSG (Pakidam Kolani and Marie Chantal Niambe) from April 23 -30, 2018 in the two beneficiary countries. Mr. Tony Moens of TRATEBEL, Owner’s Engineer of the CLSG project also forms part of the mission.

The objective of the mission is to identify and assess the potential impacts of the CLSG project on sensitive ecosystems, protected areas along the project corridor and ensure that people in the project areas are not negatively impacted.

Mr. Etienne Bailly, the Director of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of TRANSCO CLSG said the primary objective is for the World Bank to ensure that the ESMP and RAP guidelines were implemented according to international standards.

He said the joint mission will also ascertain whether people in the project affected communities were being informed and sensitized on their rights for compensation in case their assets are affected.

The mission, he said, will also ensure that recommendations from its previous mission were implemented by the EPC contractors and consultants during the topographical surveys and the RAP data consolidation through an operational action plan.

Mr. Bailly added that the joint team will visit key project corridors to ensure that guidelines relating to the ESMP and RAP have been properly implemented. He said the team will validate the compensation process for persons affected by the project to ensure it is transparent.

 

 

Residents are triumphantly joyful over the CLSG project

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Abidjan, CI, April 19, 2018: There’s joy across CLSG countries, particularly in settlements and surrounding areas as contractors have started the long-awaited physical construction activities that will yield affordable and reliable electricity to millions of citizens in the region.

Incredible videos footage captured during site visits and meetings with residents in these project affected areas, show residents expressing their happiness for the CLSG project.

EPC contractors using yellow machines have moved in the jungles to create access roads. Construction workers are seen all over the place conducting soil testing, brushing bushes, to the delight of residents who are overwhelmed with joy and assured that the CLSG project is finally a reality.

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“I am happy for this light business,” an elder woman, Jema Cooker in Mambo Town at the bank of the Mano River in Liberia, exclaimed when TRANSCO CLSG team headed by the Social Safeguard Assistant, Mohammed Kamara ll visited the area recently. The Chair lady of the town, Jeneh Passawe also said she’s happy that her village will be electrified soon when the CLSG project comes online.

For more than a decade the area has been without electricity and residents are very excited that they would finally receive electricity. They are happy that after the difficulties, the people are finally getting electricity.

Sam Tuker, a resident in Grand Bassa County said electricity is one of the “greatest moves towards development.”

Residents are triumphantly joyful that the CLSG project will help upgrade the skills of young men in their villages and towns and create more opportunities for them through job creation. The CLSG project is committed to creating as many local jobs as possible in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea respectively.

 

TRANSCO CLSG continues compensation of PAPs in Man, others

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Abidjan, CI, April 10, 2018: Hundreds of persons affected by the CLSG interconnection project are being compensated for the loss of their properties including farm lands that are within the transmission line corridors across the CLSG. The payment activity resumes on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Man, for the 48km line corridor in Cote d’Ivoire.

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M. Marie Chantal Niambi-Akra, TRANSCO CLSG Social Safeguard Specialist, who coordinates the payment process said more than 300 persons affected by the project (PAPs) residing in the Man and Danane areas would be compensated, after which TRANSCO CLSG will turn over the site to the contractor.

Currently, EPC contractor, BOUYGUES is nearing the completion of bush clearing within 20km of the CLSG project corridor in Man. SEE PHOTOS

Madam Niami disclosed the payment process continues in Sierra Leone for 314 PAPs in three northern province districts including Tonkolili, Kono and Koinadugu Districts, covering about 153km of transmission line corridor. Among the number are PAPs who are affected within the extended corridor for the construction of the substation.

The TRANSCO CLSG team visits Liberia where the compensation for PAPs within the 60km corridor will take place.

 

ELECNOR starts bush clearing in Grand Bassa County

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Abidjan, CI, Friday, April 6, 2018: Bush clearing in areas marking the first 40-meter corridor of Lot #1 in Grand Bassa County has begun under the direct supervision of EPC Contractor, ELECNOR EFFIAGE UTE.

TRANSCO CLSG National Assistants including Varney L. Conneh (Environmental Assistant), Mohammed L. Sow (Engineer), and Mohamed S. Kamara II (Social Safeguard Assistant) recently paid a field verification visit to the 40 km line corridor Lot #1 and were impressed by the level of work being done in the area.

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ELECNOR EFFIAGE UTE started clearing the 40-meter corridor when the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif formally handed over the project site to the EPC Contractor. The site is the first section of the 40 km of the corridor in Grand Bassa county.

This was realized following the payment of compensations on March 5, 2018, to persons affected by the project (PAPs), who were within the transmission corridor. The team was guided on the tour by Denine of UTE.

Recently, the General Manager wrote a letter to ELECNOR EFFIAGE UTE’s Managing Director, François CHRISTIEN, in which Mr. Sherif said the handover of the site follows the revised compensation strategy.

“We look forward to a timely completion of the works consistent with the high expectation of all beneficiaries. I thank you for your usual corporation,” the General Manager said in his letter.

 

The President’s Passion to Turn on Lights in Liberia

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Abidjan, CI, Friday, April 6, 2018: President George Manneh Weah has been in office for less than four months but has already started to show unyielding passion for the restoration of Liberia’s energy sector. In a country undergoing reconstruction, the Liberian leader has made access to energy for all Liberians a credo.

The Liberia leader who concluded his two-day state visit to Cote d’Ivoire was on Thursday, April 5, 2018 taken a tour of the Cote d’Ivoire’s premier power plant facilities of CIPREL. The Vice President of Cote d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan and the Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy Development, Mr Thierry Tanoh, accompanied the Liberian leader.

TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif also formed part of the government’s delegation to the powerplant outside Abidjan.

In a brief interview with reporters, President Weah assured the government and people of Cote d’Ivoire his government’s full cooperation on bilateral and other matters with energy exploration being one of its key priorities.

“My people need electricity,” the Liberian leader declared at a press conference organized along with VP Duncan. He underlined the urgent need for stable and reliable electricity in Liberia. President Weah expressed his happiness for the ongoing CLSG interconnection project which interconnects the electric grids of Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Responding to journalists’ questions, President Weah craved Cote d’Ivoire’s intervention in his country’s energy and other sectors including health. He called on the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to help strengthen Liberia’s energy and health sectors.

Also, in a previous discussion with his counterpart, Alassane Ouattara Wednesday, the Liberian leader outlined road, vocational education, and agriculture as sectors he wants the Ivorian Government to make quick intervention in.

President Weah, who took office on January 22, 2018, has embarked on several state visits to African countries and outside Africa in a bid to promote investment in Liberia.

Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia have been developing energy exchanges for several years through the exports of the CIE (Ivorian Electricity Company), another subsidiary of the Eranove Group, to the LEC (Liberia Electricity Corporation).

In addition, the West African Interconnection Project between Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG Project) is expected to strengthen energy trade between these countries. CIPREL is expected to play a key role in this strengthening of regional energy cooperation and the implementation of the CLSG project.

“Côte d’Ivoire will strengthen its role as a regional energy hub within the West African Electricity Trading System by strengthening interconnections with neighboring countries and increasing electricity exports” said Mr. Tanoh. He assured the Liberian leader of his country’s commitment “to maintain and strengthen the energy cooperation between our two countries. ”

The Ciprel power station is expected to play a key role in this strengthening of regional energy cooperation and the implementation of the CLSG project, said a final communiqué which sanctioned President Weah’s visit to the CIPREL site.

Mr. Tanoh announced that in 2019, 83 MW of electric power will be supplied to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea under the CLSG project. He said the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea (CLSG) project consists of the construction and operation of a 1300km of 225 kV transmission line and twelve (12) High Voltage / Medium Voltage (HV / MV) substations located in the four states.

“These priority projects that have just been presented to you to bear witness to the good quality of the cooperation between the two countries, particularly in terms of energy,” the Minister told President Weah.

Extensive progress made in CLSG project implementation

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From the construction of concrete foundations for the high voltage transmission Line towers to bush clearings and soil testing across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, extensive progress has been made in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project.

The construction of concrete foundations for transmission line towers and subsequent erection of the double circuit high tension transmission line towers is underway in Sierra Leone. The civil work is being carried by EPC Contractor, KALPATARU.  SEE PHOTOS

The power tower is a tall structure, usually a steel lattice tower, used to support an overhead power line. This is a key milestone for the CLSG Project.

EPC Contractor, NATIONAL CONTRACTING COMPANY LTD (NCC) is also carrying out another positive development in the CLSG project implementation from Buchanan to Mano in Liberia. The first lot of 26 containers (104 drums) has been cleared from the port and transported to its Cotton Tree construction site and readied for construction activities. SEE PHOTOS

The soil investigation team has commenced phase one of the pit excavation trials and SPT works. The Standard Penetration Test (SPT) is an in-situ test that is useful in site exploration and foundation design. It also helps in site investigation, which is the process of collecting information, assessment of the data and reporting potential hazards beneath a site which are unknown.

Also, following the payment of compensations of the project affected persons in Buchanan, Liberia on March 5, 2018, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG has announced the handover of a project site to the EPC Contractor, JV EIFFAGE/ELECNOR. The site is the first section of the 40 km of the corridor in Grand Bassa county.

In a letter to the company’s Managing Director, François CHRISTIEN, Mr. Mohammed Sherif said the handover of the site follows the revised compensation strategy. “We look forward to a timely completion of the works consistent with the high expectation of all beneficiaries. I thank you for your usual corporation,” the General Manager said.

In response, the EPC contractor thanked TRANSCO CLSG for the milestone handover of the first section of the 40km corridor to UTE ELECNOR/EIFFAGE. The company has already begun clearing the bush within this corridor.

ELECNOR EFFIAGE said it is looking forward to liaising with TRANSCO CLSG in the supervision of this major activity on the ground.

Within the framework of the EPC Contracts, several Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for conductors, earth wires and transmission towers have been conducted by TRANSCO CLSG along side the relevant EPC contractors and the Owner’s Engineer TRACTEBEL Engineering SA to ensure compliance.