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Pres. Weah Submits CLSG Project Concession To Legislature for Ratification

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Culled from FrontPageAfricaonline.com

Monrovia – President George Weah Tuesday, July 10, 2018 submitted for ratification additional financing agreement for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Interconnection Project Cote d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea (CLSG).

The original international Development Assistance loan (IDA) for the implementation of the regional project is SDR94, 9000,000 or US$147 million negotiated in March 2012. The amount of the project increased between the period 2012 and 2016 due to the Ebola epidemic in the Mano River Basin impasse and other economic factors.

The amount of the additional financing allotted to Liberia is US$45.3 million. This agreement was signed on December 11, 2017 and it comprises a grant of US$22.6 million and a US$22.7 million. The maximum commitment charge rate is one-half of one percent (1/2 of1%) and the service charge is greater of: (a) the sum of three-fourths of one percent (3/4 of 1%) per annum on the withdrawn credit balance with payment dates of February 15 and August in each year.

The objective of the project, according to   President George Weah’s communication, is to support government’s effort in providing reduced and affordable cost of electricity that will be efficient and reliable for the Liberian people in both the rural and urban areas.

‘’Honorable Speaker, this project when ratified will provide a range of opportunity for Liberia. Liberia can use the transmission line to transport electricity to other countries, and other concessionaires within the power line range which amounts to revenue generation.

This project is significant to our economic recovery program and I trust that the legislature will ratify this agreement in a timely manner.”

Background

Under similar project IDA Credit to the Republic of Sierra Leone: $59.57 million equivalent with a maturity period of 38 years, and a Grace period of 6 years

In additional IDA Credit, $22.66 million equivalent and IDA Grant $22.66 million equivalent to the Republic of Liberia for a West African Power Pool – Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Guinea Power Interconnection Project with Maturity period of 38 years, and Grace 6 years

IDA Additional Grant: $17.5 million equivalent to the West African Power Pool for the WAPP Interconnector Project and Integration and Technical Assistance Project

Project ID: P163033

Project description: The project will help reduce the cost of electricity supply at the utility level for Liberia and Sierra Leone and increase the amount of electricity traded among all the participating countries. It will also help increase the technical integration of the WAPP network.

 

 

 

Factory Acceptance Test underway in Spain

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DISPATCH FROM SPAIN

Abidjan, CI, Wednesday, July 11, 2018: The Senior Procurement and Contract Management Specialist of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohamed KEITA along with the Project Engineer, Arnaud ODI are in Spain to participate in the Factory Acceptance Test and Type Test for insulators.

They are visiting Verescence, Segovia with EPC Contractors, KALPATARU and ELECNOR & EIFFAGE JV and Owner Engineer (TRACTEBEL) to witness the testing of the insulators before shipment is made to Liberia and Sierra Leone for the construction of the Transmission Line linking Yekepa to Buchanan for the Lot 1, and Bikongor to Bumbuna & Yiben for Lot 4.

French

Le Spécialiste Senior en Passation des Marchés et Gestion de Contrats de TRANSCO CLSG, Mohamed KEITA, et l’Ingénieur de Projet Arnaud ODI sont en Espagne pour participer aux Essais de Type et la Réception en Usine des Isolateurs. Ils visitent l’usine VERESCENCE à SEGOVIA en compagnie des contractants KALPATARU POWER TRANSMISSION LTD et le Groupement ELECNOR & EIFFAGE ainsi que de l’Ingénieur-Conseil TRACTEBEL afin de participer aux différents tests sur les isolateurs avant leur expédition au Liberia et en Sierra Leone dans le cadre de la construction de la Ligne de Transport reliant Yekepa à Buchanan pour le Lot 1, et Bikongor à Bumbuna et Yiben pour le Lot 4

 

Parliament Ratifies $59 Million Loan To Improve Access To Electricity

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Freetown, SL, July 11, 2018: The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 10th July 2018 debated and ratified a $59 Million financing agreement aimed at improving access to electricity supply at a reasonable cost, through an integrated power-grid widely known as the West African Power Pool project.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu recalled that he had played a role in the light of the Agreement when he served in the capacity as Executive Secretary to ECOWAS, adding that he felt personally gratified towards the integrated regional approach with the view of solving energy related challenges, cognizant of the overall objective of ECOWAS aiming at the free movement of people and goods.

The following Agreement was ratified by Parliament:

“Financing Agreement (Additional Financing for the West African Power Pool-Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Power Inter-connection Project) Between the Republic of Sierra Leone and International Development Association, Credit Number 6148-SL”.

Presenting the Agreement for ratification, the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa said among other things that it aims to reduce the cost of electricity supply for Liberia and Sierra Leone; construction and improvement of the electricity infrastructure in the country with high voltage transmission; including a resettlement action plan. A $59 Million loan that could be paid overtime with a minimum interest rate is aimed at improving access to electricity supply in the sub-region. He also said that the initial Agreement was signed in 2012 and that of the additional financing Agreement in January 2018; adding that Government will continue with the good agreements and abandon those they considered as “bad ones”.

Contributing to the debate, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Hon. Francis Amara Kai-Samba of SLPP described the Agreement as “laudable and non-controversial”. He said that in spite of huge investment, electricity still remains a challenge in Freetown and other parts of the country. He also referred to the Agreement as a “fine one” which aims to improve access to electricity supply at a reasonable cost in the country.

Hon. Shiaka Musa Sama, an Independent MP said that the loan is aimed at serving the purpose of electricity at a cheaper rate, adding that electricity supply should be extended to the rural communities, whilst speaking on weak project implementation and resettlement, cognizant of poor families who could not afford the services of lawyers.

Hon. Hassan Sesay of APC also described the Agreement as “non-controversial” and therefore referred to it as a good one, and that it should be embraced in its entirety because of “favourable conditions”. Speaking on the benefits of economic integration, he spoke on the need of improving energy and water supply in the country.

Hon. Bashiru Silikie of SLPP acclaimed the Agreement because it aims to reduce electricity tariff and increases access to energy in Freetown and the rural areas, with huge megawatt.

Hon. Aaron Aruna Koroma of APC commended the Government for continuing the project that had been originally signed by the past APC government.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas also acclaimed the Agreement for enjoying “unanimity and general consensus” in the House, adding that there will be no development without electricity. He also said that sustainable energy supply will encourage and attract investors who are spending a lot on running private generators.

Hon. Ishmail Sama Sandy of SLPP said that the essentiality of the Agreement could not be over-emphasized, saying that “it gladdens him because the project aims at taking electricity to the rural communities”. He also recalled that an industry collapsed in Pujehun District due to lack of electricity. Speaking on the realization of the benefits contained in the Agreement, he spoke on preservation being identified as an impediment to food security due to lack of access and sustainable supply of energy in the country.

Concluding the debate, both the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Chernor Bah and Hon. Mohamed Tunis respectively concurred to the Agreement aiming at benefiting both the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone, in respect of access to electricity supply. They also spoke on the need of consensus, dialogue, negotiation, and constructive opposition in the House.

In another development, the Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 10th July 2018 also debated and passed into law, with some amendments the Bill entitled “The Extractive Industries Revenue Act 2018”. The Act aims to provide for the coordination and consolidation of all revenues and other related matters, in the light of the extractive industries.

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TRANSCO CLSG awards International firm substations project

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Freetown, SL, Wednesday, July 4, 2018: The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG has awarded EPC contract for the 225 kV Substations of Man, N’Zerekore, Yiben & Kamakwie to KEC INTERNATIONAL LTD, India’s second largest manufacturer of electric power transmission towers and one of the largest Power Transmission Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) companies in the world.

The signing ceremony took place today in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the side line of the first Bi-Annual Coordination meeting with EPC contractors who are implementing the CLSG interconnection project.

In remarks, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif challenged KEC International Limited to implement the project on time and ensure quality work is delivered under the terms of the contract. He said TRANSCO CLSG is optimistic that the company will deliver as it won the bid through a competitive bidding process.

In response, the General Manager – Projects of KEC International Limited, Kasi Meiyapan promised to work hard to meet expectation. “We will deliver on time,” he assured. The implementation timeline is 18 months.

KEC International Limited, the flagship company of RPG Group is a global infrastructure Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) major. It has presence in the verticals of Power Transmission & Distribution, Cables, Railways, Civil and Renewables. The Company has powered infrastructure development in 63 countries across Africa, Americas, Central Asia, Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia.

The African Development Bank (AfBD) is funding the substations project for the Man (Cote d’Ivoire), Nzerekore (Guinea) and Kamakwie (Sierra Leone) while the World Bank is funding the substation project in Yiben (Sierra Leone).

 

 

TRANSCO CLSG Launches Reforestation Program in Guinea

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Abidjan, CI, Wednesday, July 4, 2018: The Management of TRANSCO CLSG has officially launched the Reforestation activity in Guinea. A dispatch from Conakry says the TRANSCO CLSG Environmental Coordinator, Pakidame Kolani accompanied by the Internal Auditor, Momodu Jallow, successfully completed the program in Kindia, Guinea on June 25, 2018.

The purpose of the reforestation is to mitigate the negative impact of the CLSG project on the environment. About 86 hecters will be cut down within the corridor of the transmission line in Guinea and there is a need to replant the trees that would be affected. This is in accordance with national regulations and donors’ standards for the protection of the ecosystem.

An MoU was signed between TRANSCO CLSG and the Reforestation Department of the Republic of Guinea (DNEF) for the implementation of this program.

Similar activity has been undertaken in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively. The total hectar to be affected and restored across the CLSG countries is 507 hectars.

 

 

 

 

GM grills EPC contractors on project delivery

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Freetown, SL, Wednesday, July 4, 2018: While applauding EPC contractors for making rigorous efforts im implementing the CLSG interconnection project across the CLSG countries, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG demands they deliver the project on time.

At the two-day bi-annual coordination meeting with EPC contractors in Freetown, Sierra Leone, (which concluded today), the General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif asked key questions and sought clarifications on CLSG project related issues as highlighted by the EPC contractors in their respective presentations.

The objective of the meeting was to take stock of progress made in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project. The meeting was also part of TRANSCO CLSG’s coordination framework for an efficient monitoring of project implementation, which is very important in view of the complexity of the project. The meeting provided an opportunity for TRANSCO CLSG and the EPC contractors deliberate on the progress and challenges in the project implementation.

The General Manager urged the EPC contractors to set effective project timeline which plays a crucial role in ensuring successful outcome. He said in order to keep the implementation on track, the contractors must set realistic time frames, assign resources appropriately and manage quality to increase the prospect for the project to meet its timetable for commissioning.

Some of the EPC contractors cited densely forest locations and bad road conditions as some of the key challenges they are faced with in the implementation process. They also made video presentations highlighting the difficult terrains they endure during the implementation process.

The TRANSCO CLSG General Manager said being tough on the EPC contractors is to ensure synergy in the work. “We must work harder and deliver this project on time. We all have the passion to implement this project and we (TRANSCO CLSG) recognize that. Nobody should relax along the way. Your presentations were impressive and they provided insights as to what you too are going through.”

He praised EPC contractors for the physical construction activities so far and encouraged them to continue. “We are impressed to see that the substations constructions are on course, so whatever we can do to expedite the process to bring the implementation forward will be highly appreciated.”

The General Manager assured the EPC contractors of TRANSCO CLSG’s unwavering commitment to making sure their construction activities are going smoothly in each CLSG country. “Today we all agreed on the way forward. You presented clearly on the progress and challenges you are facing in the project implementation. We will work with you.”

Not blaming the EPC contractors entirely for the delays, the General Manager asserted that being behind schedule “was not exclusively your fault. It’s not mutually exclusive. Some, you were responsible, some, TRANSCO CLSG and some, the Owner’s Engineer. So, we all going to agree for the Owner’s Engineer to meet with each of the contractors and go over their work methodology and refine it to agree on what works best moving forward.”

“I know all of you are here today to ensure that we work together to ensure quality delivery. I have no doubts that’s the sole purpose of each and every one of you. We are impressed and grateful for collective objective to deliver.”

 

TRANSCO CLSG convenes High-level meeting with contractors

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Abidjan, CI, June 29, 2018: The Management of TRANSCO CLSG is convening a two-day high-level Bi-Annual Coordination meeting with all of its EPC Contractors and Owner’s Engineer of the CLSG project in Makeni, Sierra Leone from July 3-4, 2018.

A Press Released issued by the Management of TRANSCO CLSG says the objective of the meeting is to take stock of progress made in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project and agree on actions to address all project implementation related issues.

The project’s Owner’s Engineer, TRACTEBEL along with the EPC contractors including JV Elecnor Eiffage, National Contracting Company (NCC), JV Sieyuan-NEIE, JV Angelique/TATA, NR Electric, Kalpataru and Bouygues E&S will attend the meeting.

The meeting is part of TRANSCO CLSG’s coordination framework for an efficient monitoring of project implementation, which is very important in view of the complexity of the project. The meeting will provide an opportunity for TRANSCO CLSG and the EPC contractors to discuss the progress of their respective contracts, share the challenges encountered in order to find efficient solutions, and also to discuss about all coordination issues between components or projects.

TRANSCO CLSG Management will send a strong message to all EPC Contractors of the high expectation of CLSG Countries regarding the project commissioning date, so no delay will be accepted.

The meeting will discuss the status of the key project activities including engineering, manufacturing and factory acceptance tests, transportation, construction and commissioning of the project. The physical progress and technical issues, financial progress and related issues, scheduling and new updates will highlight the two-day discussions.

Meanwhile, the Management of TRANSCO CLSG is expected to sign the contracts for the remaining substations financed by the African Development Bank and World Bank respectively. Management wishes to inform the public that the signing process is being realized following the approval of the draft contract submitted to the financiers on June 7, 2018.

 

TRANSCO CLSG Board holds 17th meeting Monday

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Abidjan, CI, June 21, 2018: The Management of TRANSCO CLSG is hosting its 17th Board of Directors meeting on Monday, June 25, 2018. The meeting will be held at its headquarters in Cocody, Abidjan. The meeting will be chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Amidou Traore.

Already the Board’s committees meetings have concluded today Friday, with the Audit and Good Governance Committee finalizing its report for the Monday’s Board meeting.

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the Board’s Technical Committee met and deliberated on the technical issues related to the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project. And on Thursday, June 21, 2018, the Board’s Finance and Administration Committee convened. All meetings were held at the TRANSCO CLSG headquarters.

Update:

All Board meetings have concluded. Here are the pictures.

 

 

 

EPC Contractors Beefing Up Construction Activities

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Abidjan, CI, May 27, 2018: EPC contractors responsible for the construction of the 225 KV Transmission line and substations along the 1,300km line route, are beefing up their operations to guarantee timely implementation of the CLSG interconnection project in the four beneficiary countries.

There are intensive bush clearing activities and other civil works including soil testing and digging of tower foundations in the respective project corridors in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Stay tuned