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Taking the CLSG project acceleration to the heart of Europe

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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.

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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.

 

Transformers for Liberia substations arrived, delivered

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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.

 

World Bank, WAPP Workshop on PPAs, TSAs opens in Monrovia

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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.

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Donors at your service – WB Task Team leader assures

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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.

 

Sierra Leone a country in a hurry for electricity – Energy Min.

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The Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone says his country is in a hurry for access to reliable and affordable electricity through the CLSG interconnection project. Alhaji Kanja Sesay adds that Sierra Leone is in dare need for energy as demonstrated by the “very terrible energy access percentage which is currently less than 15 percent.”

“We are in a hurry to catch up with the rest of other countries in the subregion,” Minister Sesay disclosed in his opening remarks at the annual donors’ coordination meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He said electricity is the essence of “our very existence. It is the cornerstone of industrialization and a linchpin of our social economic development.”

According to Minister Sesay, the government of Sierra Leone has demonstrated commitment to ensuring that both in the short and medium terms, it will endeavor to double the country’s access to electricity, increase its generation capacity, reduce technical and line loses and improve its service delivery to the people.

“That is the commitment His Excellency President (Julius) Maada Bio has made to the people of Sierra Leone and with your supports, we hope to achieve it.” Minister Sesay reiterated that Sierra Leone is committed to the smooth implementation of the CLSG project, adding “We are aware of the challenges being faced and we have been making sure those bottlenecks are removed.” He said for those issues that are yet resolved, “let me assure you that we are working on them.”

Minister Sesay urged TRANSCO CLSG, the Owner’s Engineer and Donors that delay is not an option for this CLSG project. He called on the participants to brainstorm and look into the issues that hinder progress in the CLSG project and come out with workable solutions and timeline. “Our doors are always open for discussion to resolve these matters.”

“We need to speed up. We are pleased with the overall progress and we only hope that this trajectory will be sustained. This will only encourage us to do more. We will do whatever it takes to fulfil our obligation to this project.”

Minister Sesay formally declared the annual Donor’s Coordination meeting open at the Radisson Blu hotel in Freetown. TRANSCO CLSG and the Donors, including the World Bank, African Development Bank, German Development Bank (KfW) and European Investment Bank (which joins the meetings via video conference) are deliberating on the progress and remaining challenges in the CLSG project implementation.

 

Donors’ coordination meeting in Freetown

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The Management of TRANSCO CLSG, a regional transmission company responsible for the transmission of affordable and reliable electricity to millions of citizens in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is holding a high-level Donors’ Coordination meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone to discuss the progress and challenges in the implementation of the CLSG project.

The Annual meeting is being organized within the framework of the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project, to provide updates to stakeholders and will run from Tuesday, July 2nd to Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019.

Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG is leading a high-profile delegation to the meeting from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire where TRANSCO CLSG is headquartered. Accompanying him are the Directors of the Project Implementation Unit, Mr. Entienne Bailly and the Finance and Administration, Josephus Jigba Yilla. Other senior level officials of the company also form part of the delegation.

The World Bank (WB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the German Development Bank (KfW) are among the stakeholders attending the meeting.

Highlights of the meeting include the presentation and discussion on the Project Implementation Progress (Engineering +Acceleration Plan, ESMP & RAP), update on the Procurement and Contract Management, update of Equitable price adjustment, Change orders/Variation order, discussion on progress status on the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) recruitment and strategy for the financing of different contracts and update of the CLSG project commissioning Strategy. Also keyed for discussion is the status of the Coordination of the CLSG Project with the National Network Projects.

TRANSCO CLSG was created to carry out the CLSG interconnection project as reflected in the model agreed upon by the four Member States; that is to finance, construct, own, operate, develop and maintain an interconnection line between Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinée.

This project aims at promoting a regional energy market and optimize the use of energy resources in West Africa as a whole. It is one of the five priority projects of the West African Power Pool Master Plan that aims to build a 225kV high voltage line of 1,303 km to connect the electrical networks of the 4 countries.

The CLSG project is being financed by donors including the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and the German Development Bank (KfW) through loans and grants at an approximate project cost of USD 476 million.

 

GM provides major updates in Board speech

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As the partial commissioning of the CLSG transmission line in Liberia looms, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG provides major updates on the project implementation in the four beneficiary countries at the 20th Board and Shareholders meeting on Monday, June 25, 2019, in Abidjan.

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WB invites TRANSCO CLSG to high-level workshop in Liberia

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The World Bank, in collaboration with the West African Power Pool (WAPP), is holding a two-day high-level workshop on Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Transmission Service Agreements (TSA) contracts for the supply and transportation of electricity for the countries participating in the CLSG Regional Power interconnection project. The workshop will be held in Monrovia, Liberia on Friday, July 5th and 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.

As the CLSG countries and TRANSCO CLSG are getting set to start trading electricity early next year, the World Bank believes that exchanging of knowledge and of best practices on doing PPAs and TSAs in the context of the WAPP could enrich the framework of reference for the countries soon to engage into exchanges of electricity through the CLSG transmission line.

The upcoming commissioning of the electrical interconnection between Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) is a turning point for national sectoral policies of the countries involved, and to ensure reliable electricity at the lowest cost. This forms an important link of the regional electricity market under WAPP.

Among the key workshop objectives include, placing the CLSG in a broader regional integration context of energy markets in West Africa; sharing recent cases and lessons learned on trade from other markets or regional power pools; and with this feedback, identifying basic elements of proper contracts that will promote sustainable and efficient trade in the regional market of West Africa.

The World Bank says given the nature of the workshop, it counts on the participation of TRANSCO CLSG executives and experts in the technical, financial and procurement aspects, which are key elements for the formulation of these contracts for electricity trading and the future use of the CLSG lines.

The first session of the workshop will present the CLSG project in the broader context of the WAPP regional energy market. Subsequently, the workshop will focus on the various technical, financial and legal aspects, that constitute the basis of these contracts. “We hope that this will result in useful exchanges, which could enrich the framework of references for the actual trade of electricity that will take place once the CLSG enters in operation,” the World Bank says.

 

TRANSCO CLSG, KALPATRAU Give back to the community

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Hundreds of Sierra Leonean students beamed with smiles as their newly built and furnished elementary school was presented by TRANSCO CLSG and EPC Contractors, KALPATARU to the community in Kamasu Koya chiefdom, Kenema on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

“This is part of our corporate social responsibility. We are giving back to society. It is part of our moral obligation to promote free and quality education in Kamasu Koya Chiefdom,” said Eng. Paul Saffa, TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager of Sierra Leone.

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For over a decade, pupils in Kamasu have been cramping in a makeshift cane and thatch structure.

As a part of its cooperate social responsibility, KALPATARU, in partnership with TRANSCO CLSG built, furnished and donated a school building to the community.

The ceremony was graced by TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Arvind – the country manager and senior management and staff of KALPATARU and elders as well as residents of the Kamasu chiefdom.

The program was climax with traditional dances.

 

AP milestone – Linsan gets first tower foundation

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The CLSG project has entered a very critical stage of its implementation with significant progress in the manufacturing of the equipment as well as in the construction works. TRANSCO CLSG management recently launched an effective and efficient implementation strategy known as the Acceleration Plan (AP) with the objective to deliver electricity to Monrovia, Liberia by December 2019, and in Linsan, Guinea by March 2020.

Under the Acceleration Plan, all contractors implementing the CLSG project were requested to increase the mobilization of their teams and equipment on sites.

As a result of the AP, we are pleased to inform you that the inaugural ceremony marking the launch of the first transmission tower foundation in Linsan, Republic of Guinea at AP1 /8 level was held during the week amidst excitement from the citizens and local authorities.

The ceremony was attended by TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager in Guinea, Consulting Engineers, local authorities and the EPC contractor, ANGELIQUE. We are definitely connecting affordable and reliable electricity to the lives of millions of our people.

SEE PHOTOS by Khalil Sidibe, Social Safeguard Assistant, Guinea