Press Release

A Visit to the Linsan Substation

The newly constructed 225 kV transmission Line and substation in Linsan (Labé region) are undergoing pre-commissioning. Both the Linsan substation and Line will link Guinea’s Kaléta and Souapiti hydroelectric power plants, as well as other facilities, to the West African Power Pool, which includes the long-distance transmission links to Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

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The Linsan infrastructure, which has the potential to interconnect seven (7) West African countries, will support the development of the hydropower potential of Guinea while at the same time fostering regional electricity trade to Mali.

As part of the implementation of the CLSG Interconnection Project, which interlinks Cote d’Ivoire with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the management of TRANSCO CLSG along with the Government of the Republic of Guinea on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, formally turned over the Linsan substation site to OMVG (Organisation pour la Mise en du fleuve Gambie) for construction.

Like the CLSG Project, the development objective of the OMVG is to facilitate electricity trade between the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal. The project also forms part of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) transmission network expansion.

 

TRANSCO CLSG expands people’s access to electricity in Guinea

Seven villages in the Nzerekore region, with approximately 18 thousand people have been connected to the CLSG grid. The villages including Yalenzou, Nzao, Bonoumou, Karanah Benzano, Bipa, and Gonon are receiving electricity for the first time in decades.

The connection was secured when TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager of Guinea, Dr. Abdoulaye Keita energized the 33kV feeder line from the Nzerekore substation to the designated villages. The line is dedicated to the rural electrification of communities along the CLSG transmission line.

Following the turning-on ceremony at the Nzerekore substation, Dr. Keita led an array of TRANSCO CLSG team, Guinean local officials, and EDG electricians to turn on the power in two of the villages including Nzao and Karanah. Residents took to the streets to celebrate the historic moment. The connection of these villages will further boost economic activities in the Guinean commercial and economic center, Dr. Keita said.

According to the Country Manager, the process to connect the seven villages to the CLSG grid is part of the TRANSCO CLSG’s social actions under the implementation of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the beneficiary communities located along the transmission line.

The city of Nzérékoré had been plagued with the lack of electricity for years but the bustling city now has 24-hour electricity from the TRANSCO CLSG grid. With a volume of eleven megawatts (11 MW) per year, the CLSG interconnection line has improved energy demand in the city of N’Zérékoré and its surroundings and is accelerating the region’s socio-economic development.

More businesses, including factories, are returning to the city. According to residents, Nzerekore has become an attractive destination for new business ventures because of the stable electricity. Nzerekore, they say is a city that “Never Sleeps.”

Sidiki Trawally, TRANSCO CLSG Communication, reports

TRANSCO CLSG sensitizes communities along the transmission line on safety measures

TRANSCO CLSG has been sensitizing resident communities along the CLSG transmission line on safety measures such as farming activities within the Right of Way (RoW) corridor, bush fire, illegal logging activities, charcoal production, and mining activities.

From November 9th through the 16th, 2023, TRANSCO CLSG embarked on sensitization and information activities on the Bumbuna to Mano line in Sierra Leone as the CIE O&M prepares to fell trees that pose potential threats to the safety of the line.

The mission was to inform the residents and affected communities about safety measures that have been put in place through the maintenance activities during the operation and maintenance phase of the CLSG interconnection project.

Mr. Germain Paye, TRANSCO CLSG’s Social Safeguard Assistant, who led the mission thanked the affected communities across the CLSG project line for their unwavering support and collaboration during the construction phase. He emphasized that as TRANSCO CLSG transitions into the O&M phase, their support and collaboration will be highly needed. He stressed that the affected communities remain the key players and indefectible stakeholders.

The mission covered the affected communities along Line 6 which runs from the Kenema substation to Mano substation and Line 7 from the Kenema substation to Bikongor.

TRANSCO CLSG concludes TSA Renegotiation meeting in Abidjan

The Management of TRANSCO CLSG has concluded a two-day Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) renegotiation meeting to revise the current Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and the TSAs to reflect commercial arrangements for inadvertent energy and other relevant matters.

The objective of the meeting was to set a clear basis for the discussions and prepare the parties with the consultant’s intervention. A road map was agreed for further negotiation among the parties.

The TSA renegotiation meeting was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at the Silver Moon Hotel, from Thursday, November 2nd, and concluded on Friday, November 3rd, 2023, with an Aide Memoire signed by participants including the four utilities – CI ENERGIES of Cote d’Ivoire, LEC of Liberia, EDSA of Sierra Leone and EDG of Guinea. The Ministries of Finance and the Ministries of Energy of the four CLSG countries also attended the meeting.

Mr. Bernard W. Jappah, Commercial Director

Mr. Bernard Wleh Jappah, a former Senior Advisor, in the Office of the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) joins TRANSCO CLSG with a wealth of professional experience. He is a skilled professional with over 20 years of experience in public financial management, commercial management, corporate financial management, operations management, economic & public policy, project management, and high-level contract management.

Mr. Jappah has a natural talent for leading and motivating people to achieve challenging objectives. He has the ability to collaborate with key stakeholders and maintain mutual partnerships. He effortlessly builds team connections and improves policies to help improve operational efficiency and performance of each team member.

Prior to his appointment with TRANSCO CLSG in September 2023, Mr. Jappah worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, with oversight responsibility for issues in Liberia and Tanzania, from April 2016 to April 2022. He held similar responsibility for The Gambia. He also worked as Consultant in the Office of the Executive Governor, Central Bank of Liberia, with primary responsibility for IMF and World Bank affairs.  

Prior to joining the IMF, Mr. Jappah led Public Financial Management Reforms for the Government of Liberia, in his role as PFM Reform Coordinator and Project Manager for the multi-donor supported project, IPFMRP. He held this position from 2008- April 2016. Other senior management positions held by Mr. Jappah include Operations Manager for UNFPA with responsibility for finance, procurement, staffing, and audit, and Country Financial and Credit Controller for DHL Liberia and DHL Ghana (a.i.).

On academics, he graduated from the University of the District of Columbia (US), with an MPA degree (public policy concentration), and Cuttington University (LR), with an MBA in Finance. Mr. Jappah also attained a host of diplomas and certificates from top international institutions including Harvard University and Duke University. He also participated in major economic policy and international cooperation missions on behalf of the Government of Liberia, and was a leading resource on the IMF Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement for assigned countries  .

Mr. Jappah is happily married with four (4) children.

 

TRANSCO CLSG holds 3-day workshop to review billing documents with utilities

TRANSCO CLSG is holding a three-day workshop with stakeholders, particularly the national utilities, to review the current billing documents to ensure a better understanding by CLSG’s client countries and to obtain a consensual document for a comprehensive billing of energy and transmission services.

The workshop which runs from September 12th to the 14th of September 2023 in Monrovia, Liberia at the Cape Hotel enables an in-depth knowledge of the various supporting documents and the sharing of comments from all actors.

As a result of the rapid increase in the power transit on the national networks of CLSG countries, the multiplication of delivery points, and the activation of new injection points due to successive synchronizations with production centers in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the preparation of invoicing documents has become more complex.

The specific objectives of the workshop are to ensure a better understanding of billing data and the related supporting documents; adopt the revised invoicing methodology and subsequent set of supporting documents and adopt any amendments to the PPA and TSA contracts.

WAPP takes decisive steps toward regional integration

SUCCESSFUL SYNCHRONIZATION OF THE WAPP POWER GRID – A DECISIVE STEP TOWARD REGIONAL ELECTRICITY INTEGRATION

The West African Power Pool (WAPP) has recently reached a significant milestone in the realization of its mandate to interconnect the power transmission networks of ECOWAS member states and create a unified regional electricity market.

WAPP is pleased to announce the successful permanent synchronization of the power grids of twelve West African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

From now on, the power grids of these countries will operate as a single synchronous network, under the supervision of the WAPP Information and Coordination Centre (ICC) and the national control centers of these countries.

See WAPP Press Release in English and French below:

OMVG and CLSG networks to link soon

August 20, 2023: The Director of the Project CLSG, Mr. Etienne Baily recently visited the OMVG-Linsan substation to assess the readiness of the Linsan SS for the interconnection with the CLSG network.

Following his assessment of the facility, Mr. Baily said significant progress has been made and that CLSG line is expected to be energized from Linsan before November 2023. He said this will boost Sierra Leone and Liberia’s capacity to deliver reliable and affordable electricity during the next dry season.

Mr. Baily urged Liberia and Sierra Leone to start negotiation with Guinea to ensure the necessary commercial framework documents including the Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), and the Transmission Service Agreements (TSA) are discussed and signed by all parties.

Related article: TRANSCO CLSG links with OMVG Network to boost its transmission Capacity

TRANSCO CLSG General Manager credits CLSG countries, staff and donors for project success

Abidjan, Friday, July 28, 2023: The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG has recognized the significant role of the governments and people of the CLSG countries, his TRANSCO staff, Donors, and other stakeholders for the successful implementation of the landmark CLSG project, which has achieved a 99 percent implementation rate in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea respectively.

In his official statement delivered at the 31st meeting of the TRANSCO CLSG Board of Directors held on Friday, July 28, 2023, in Abidjan, Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, extended his profound thanks and appreciation to his invaluable team for their hard work, resilience, commitment, and passion that have made it possible to achieve key deliverables over the years.

“Our success is rooted in our strong willpower and passion for work. I would like to congratulate you on your remarkable achievements in the project implementation and institutional functions. Your attention to detail is your greatest strength and it has once again been proven why you are such an important asset to TRANSCO CLSG,” Mr. Sherif said.

He reiterated his deep gratitude for the Board’s strong and unwavering commitment to delivering affordable and reliable electricity to the people. “Your invaluable contributions to the success of the CLSG Project are a true reflection of determination by the CLSG Governments, national Utilities, the Board, and the CLSG Donors to set up an effective and viable regional electricity market for the present and future generations,” the General Manager added.

The General Manager furthered that over the years, every stakeholder including the Board, the TRANSCO team, and donors, among others, has demonstrated deep interest and commitment to the goal of delivering unimpeded and affordable access to electricity for the populations of our region and has delivered outstanding achievements for the company. “Your continued willingness to collaborate and move the company to successfully achieve its mission deserves recognition and deep appreciation.”

The landmark CLSG interconnection project is in its concluding phase of implementation, Mr. Sherif disclosed, noting that there has significant progress made in construction works by the EPC contractors, with an overall progress rate of 99%. “We have constructed, completed, and energized all the substations in Liberia, the latest being the Botota substation in central Liberia, which was energized in April 2023. In Sierra Leone, we have also constructed and energized four out of five substations, the latest being Yiben; which was energized on July 25, 2023. Arrangements are ongoing to energize the Kamakwei substation in Sierra Leone in September 2023. In Guinea, the Nzerekore substation was energized in February 2023.”

According to the TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, the remaining works are being completed at the Yiben and Kamakwie substations in Sierra Leone as well as the main control SCADA center at the Nzerekore substation in Guinea. He disclosed that the Kamakwie substation is scheduled to be commissioned in September 2023 along with the synchronization of CLSG Grid with OMVG Network.

The TRANSCO CLSG Board meetings are a regular feature during which the Chairman and other distinguished members of the Board meet to deliberate on critical issues and approve pertinent documents to enhance the functions of the company. It is customary at these meetings for the General Manager to deliver a substantive report, which provides updates on the status of the project.

The 31st Board meeting was chaired by its Chairman, Mr. Noumory Sidibe. Other Board members from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea as well as independent Board members attended the meeting.