Rural Electrification Sub-component
This rural electrification, a sub-component of the CLSG interconnection project, will provide electricity to thousands of homes, hundreds of schools, health centers, community centers and places of worship which are in the vicinity of the CLSG transmission line.
The rural electrification part of the project refers to the electrification of rural communities living in the vicinity of the 225kV CLSG Interconnection line. Since this sub-component mainly has a social focus, the selection of localities is predominantly based on the geographical situation of the locality in relation to the route of the line and is limited to communities within 10km on either side of the line.
The CLSG project involves the construction of a 1,300km long double circuit high voltage (225 kV) line to connect the national networks of the four countries. The construction of this line is part of the backbone of the Mano River Union countries and the priority projects of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Master Plan.
The project will help establish a dynamic electric power market in the West African sub-region and secure power supply for participating countries which have a comparative advantage in importing Power rather than producing it at high costs using their national systems.
The increased electricity access will generally contribute to improving the welfare of the beneficiaries and lead to the development of social and income generating activities.
More particularly, the project will electrify communities located along the power line and supply electric power to schools, health centers, and thousands of small handicrafts, commercial and industrial businesses. These achievements will help improve the performance of schools and health’s services, as well as increase the incomes of the people. The project will have direct spin-offs on national power corporations whose financial situation will improve because of the savings on production costs and the increased income generated by exporting countries.
Monday, September 2, 2019 – Hundreds of transmission towers have been erected within the Man to Yekepa corridor and stringing of the line is currently ongoing by EPC contractors, Bouygues.
Also, more new towers are being erected in Man to Danane in Cote d’Ivoire and towards the Liberian borders. This indicates the CLSG interconnection project is on course to deliver affordable and reliable electricity to the people in the four beneficiary countries – Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The substation in Man, Cote d’Ivoire is under construction as activities ranging from excavation, digging of foundations, etc are being fast tracked by EPC contractors. Senior field officers of the EPC contractors including Bouygues, KEC and NR Electrics said they are expediting construction activities to meet the December 2019 delivery schedule.
Photos by Sidiki Trawally
The landmark cross-border project involving the construction of a transmission line of over 1,300km aims to interconnect the CLSG countries’ energy systems into the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) regional energy network.
The latest milestone is a result of TRANSCO CLSG Management’s unyielding position on meeting the project implementation timeline. The Acceleration Plan, launched by TRANSCO CLSG to accelerate the implementation of the project is making inroads as EPC contractors are mobilized on sites as construction activities continue unabated.
Management forecasts a partial commissioning of the line in December 2019 and TRANSCO CLSG is making sure all construction activities that would have been performed sequentially, as per the original schedule, are now performed in parallel.
The Director of the CLSG Project implementation unit at TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Etienne Baily (DPIU) says the December 2019 partial commissioning of the CLSG project remains on track.
Mr. Baily is in Liberia on a supervision mission to address critical issues of the project and to ensure the Acceleration plan is on track.
The TRANSCO CLSG Executive toured the project sites and held bilateral meetings with EPC Contractors implementing the CLSG project in LIberia and received their commitments to deliver the project in December 2019.
Mr. Baily also met with the Liberia Electricity Corporation to discuss interface issues and provided progress updates on the implementation of the CLSG Project.
The DPIU conveyed TRANSCO CLSG commitment to deliver the project to Monrovia by December 2019.
Photos courtesy: Mohammed L. Sow, Engineer and Contract Specialist, TRANSCO CLSG
The CLSG Interconnector Project is a landmark cross-border project involving the construction of a transmission line of over 1,300km, with the aim to interconnect the CLSG countries’ energy systems into the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) regional energy network.
The CLSG countries are Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. West Africa suffers from very low levels of access to electricity and the project’s goal is to balance regional energy generation resources and develop the hydropower resources in the sub-region, reducing the cost and increasing the supply of electricity to all the countries involved, thereby fostering regional economic growth.
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The testing and installation of Power Transformers have been completed for Kenema substation in Sierra Leone. Installation of control panels and cable terminations remains in progress.
Primary Equipment (circuit breakers, instrument transformers, disconnectors, surge arresters etc) has been installed while testing of this equipment is in progress.
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Workshop and warehouse construction is at 90% and crane installation has been completed. Civil works for control building, residential and guest buildings almost completed.
The CLSG interconnection continues to score more milestones.
In an effort to honor his commitment to the CLSG countries to deliver electricity in December 2019, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, along with his management team is holding high level meeting with the project Owner’s Engineer (OE), in Brussels on the CLSG project acceleration.
On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, the TRANSCO CLSG delegation met with the CEO of Tractebel and discussed workable solutions to meet the December 2019 deadline set for the delivery of electricity to Monrovia.
During the discussion, Mr. Sherif challenged the OE to beef up its supervision activities to ensure the CLSG project is expedited to meet delivery timeline. Mr Sherif urged Tractebel to come out with tangible solutions that will mitigate challenges in the process.
In response, the General Manager of Tractebel Belgium, Denis Lohest, assured the TRANSCO CLSG of its company’s full commitment to implementing the CLSG project. He said the OE will, in the next few days come out with possible solutions to move the project implementation forward.
Traveling with Mr. Sherif are the Director of Finance and Administration, Josephus Jigba Yilla and the Procurement and Contract Management Specialist, Mohamed Keita.
The transformers for the substations in Liberia have been delivered on construction sites by the EPC contractors, Sieyuan. The arrival of the transformers is a major milestone achieved in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project.
The 70 MVA capacity transformers and reactor arrived at the Freeport of Monrovia and were subsequently delivered on site.
The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG on Saturday, July 6, 2019 toured the Mount Coffee substation which is nearing completion. During the tour, the General Manager inspected the giant transformers and expressed optimism that the December 2019 partial commissioning of the transmission in Liberia will be realized.
“Today is a happy day for TRANSCO CLSG. What we have been expecting, we’ve seen it and is a clear demonstration that we mean business,” the General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif said,
Sieyuan is constructing five substations in Liberia including the Yekepa, Buchanan, Mount Coffee, Mano and the newly added Botota substations. Construction activity has started at the Bototo substation.
As the CLSG countries and TRANSCO CLSG get set to start trading electricity early next year, the World Bank believes that exchanging of knowledge and of best practices on doing the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Transmission Service Agreement (TSAs) could enrich the framework of reference for the countries soon to engage into exchanges of electricity through the CLSG transmission line.
Meanwhile, a high-level two-day workshop to brainstorm on this issue has kicked off in Monrovia under the auspices of the World Bank, in collaboration with the West African Power Pool (WAPP), on Friday, July 5, 2019. The workshop on the PPAs and TSAs contracts for the supply and transportation of electricity for the countries participating in the CLSG Regional Power interconnection project will concludes Saturday, July 6, 2019.
The Bank, which is a major financier of the CLSG interconnection project has invited the Management of TRANSCO CLSG to the workshop, which is part of the World Bank and WAPP’s support for the development of an efficient regional energy trade in West Africa. The workshop targets the evolution of the electricity sector in the West African sub region.
The World Bank Task Team leader on the CLSG interconnection project is optimistic the project will become a reality before the end of this year 2019.
Madam Clemencia Torres said the CLSG project is a major milestone of the WAPP investment program and that if everything goes as planned, the project will become a reality soon. “This is amazing because all of you have been with this project from the beginning when the concept was developed. You all believed in this project from the beginning and now we can see light.”
The World Bank official emphasized that donors’ support for the CLSG project implementation will continue. She called on each of the CLSG countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to take specific actions for electricity to arrive to their people.
“This goes beyond the regional line. We all need to work together. It will also be the responsibility of the four utilities. For the electricity to arrive, it depends on each utility doing what is needed on its side.”
Speaking on behalf of the donors including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and the German Development Bank (KfW) Madam Torres said they will stay with the project to ensure its successful outcome. “We are here at your service and we will continue to do our part to make sure this project becomes successful.”
She praised the management of TRANSCO CLSG for its leadership in the implementation of the project, adding that they are pleased with the TRANSCO CLSG management for the leadership and good quality work that is being done to ensure the successful implementation of the project.