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Transformers, other accessories delivered at Kenema substation

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Two 225/66/33kV power transformer have been delivered at the Kenema substation site in Sierra Leone. EPC Contractor, SIEYUAN, is responsible for the construction of the substation. The transformers and accessories are part of the last consignment to be delivered to complete the construction of the substation, which include the installation of the control room.

TRANSCO CLSG is implementing an ambitious energy project that will bring reliable electricity and affordable supply to more people in more communities across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. TRANSCO CLSG will also ensure an increase in the power transfer capacity, the reliability and availability of power supply for the four beneficiary countries.

 

TRANSCO CLSG builds EPA capacity in Liberia

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Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, April 14, 2019: To effectively monitor the environmental component of the CLSG project in Liberia, TRANSCO CLSG has provided state-of-the-art Laboratory equipment to build the capacity of the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

During an audit assessment mission to ascertain the level of monitoring done by the EPA on the CLSG Project in Liberia, the Environmental Coordinator of TRANSCO CLSG, Pakidame Kolani along with the Internal Auditor of TRANSCO CLSG, Momodu Jallow, said the Lab equipment were bought by TRANSCO CLSG in order to build the monitoring capacity of EPA. The equipment can also be used by EPA on other projects.

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Interview with Env. Coordinator Kolani

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The Environmental, health and safety component of the CLSG project is being implemented in accordance with national regulations and international standards, says Mr. Kolani, TRANSCO CLSG’s Environmental Coordinator in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

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GoL endorses Roadmap to accelerate CLSG project

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The Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the TRANSCO CLSG Task Force team have agreed on a Roadmap for the effective implementation of the CLSG interconnection project in Liberia. The Roadmap also calls for robust collaboration between the Government and TRANSCO CLSG to ensure the CLSG project benefits the people of Liberia.

The Roadmap captures key activities, the related responsibilities and achievement deadlines. It was prepared and submitted to the Liberian authorities and endorsed by the Minister of Mines and Energy.

While in Liberia, the mission reviewed and validated the prefeasibility study of the network under the newly added Botota substation in Liberia. The mission also discussed the next steps from a previous meeting of the task force with the Liberia stakeholders, including but not limited to the validation of the prefeasibility study requested from the Task Force, and the update on the ongoing projects that will be connected to the CLSG transmission line.

The Task Force’s mandate is to ensure the synergy of the construction of the CLSG interconnection line with the development of the High voltage and medium voltage networks in the member countries, with the purpose of enabling a wide access of energy to the population of the countries involved in the project, to include Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Therefore, within the implementation of the CLSG project and as part of the TRANSCO CLSG Task Force activity, a mission was conducted in Liberia from April 17 to 20, 2019.

The Task Force was composed of Mr. Amadou Diallo, Senior Strategy Advisor to TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Riecoura Vanie Bi, Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Etienne Bailly, Project Director, TRASCO CLSG, Mr. Ahamed Diarassouba, Head of Studies and Distribution of CI ENERGIES, Mr. Sylla Mbra, Distribution Studies Engineer, CI ENERGGIES and Ms. Aboa Flora, Economist in charge of study of CI ENERGIES.

MM Franck Anvo and Domoa Cacou, Chief of Operations Department and Executive Director for Protections and Planning at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) participated in the deliberation that also discussed the demand forecast of the LEC.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of LEC, Pascal Buckley and Mr. Diallo, Chairman of the Task Force.

 

 

Board’s Task Force in Liberia for major meeting

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Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, April 19, 2019: The Director of the Project Implementation Unit of TRANSCO CLSG, Etienne Baily, is leading a high-powered delegation of the Board’s Task Force, to Liberia to take stock of the progress of the Rural Electrification project that will be connected to the CLSG transmission line and to ensure timely availability of the Liberia Medium Voltage Network which will receive power from CLSG line.

In the same framework, the Task Force will present the outcome of the pre-feasibility studies done to develop sub connection from the Botota Substation to energize the big town in this area in central Liberia. The mission will also take opportunity of their presence to revisit the commercial framework (Power Purchase Agreement and Transmission Service Agreement (PPA/TSA).

Liberia’s Energy Minister and top management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) are also part of the discussions.

Note: Erick Achie, Engineering Coordinator of TRANSCO CLSG contributed to this information. Photos by Mohamed S. Kamara ll (king Mohamed)

 

 

Electricity is poverty alleviation, says Min. Murray

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The Minister of Mines and Energy of Liberia says electricity is poverty alleviation and wealth creation for Liberia.

Minister Gesler E. Murray, who is leading a high-powered delegation including the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs and TRANSCO CLSG County staff, to inspect CLSG project construction activities in the country, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 visited the Yekepa substation site in Nimba County. The delegation will continue to Buchanan, Mt. Coffee and Mano Substations.

In a brief remark following his assessment of the construction activity at the substation facility in Yekepa, Min. Murray, emphasized that the installation of the CLSG interconnection line will go a long in resuscitating and growing the economy of Liberia.

The Liberian Energy Minister and delegation will also tour the transmission line route to assess the level of works on the erection of towers and the stringing of the lines.

The EPC contractors for the Liberia portion of the CLSG project are UTE Elecnor-Eiffage, who are constructing the line from Yekepa to Buchanan, the National Construction Company (NCC) is responsible for the line between Buchanan and Mano, while Sieyuan-NEIE JV is constructing the four substations in Yekepa, Buchanan, Mt. Coffee and Mano. The fifth substation is in progress with the site RAP process nearing completion in Botota, Bong County.

Note: Jerry Taylor, TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager of Liberia contributed to this story

 

An exclusive VOA interview with GM in 2015

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FROM THE FILE:

On Monday, ‎November ‎2, ‎2015, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG Mohammed M. Sherif sat in an exclusive interview with James Butty of the VOA. He explained the enormous benefits the CLSG project brings to the beneficiary countries. “The impact will be very significant. We will have positive impact on productivity….” The GM said.

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Energy Minister visits CLSG project sites in Sierra Leone

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Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone on Thursday, April 11, 2019, embarked on an inspection tour of electricity facilities that are being constructed under the TRANSCO CLSG interconnection project in Sierra Leone.

Minister Alhaji Kanja Sesay together with a high-power delegation from his Ministry, the Ministries of Finance and Information and EDSA conducted a tour at various sites including the substations in Bumbuna, Bikongor and Kenema. The Minister and team also visited various areas along the transmission line corridor where stringing on towers is been done by EPC contractors, KALPATARU.

See photos by Sulaiman R. Kamara, National Environmental Assistant, Sierra Leone

 

 

N’Zérékoré substation construction kicks off

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The CLSG project implementation has got another major boost with the construction of the Nzerekore substation coming online in N’Zérékoré, Guinea’s second largest city. EPC contractor, KEC is conducting soil investigation or geotechnical investigation on site.

The development has sparked celebration in the region as men wearing orange and yellow construction jackets dig deep in the soil to determine the physical properties of the soil at the construction site. Soil investigation is a procedure that is done with the aim of establishing whether the soil is safe and solid for construction.

TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager of Guinea, Dr. Abdoulaye Keita traveled to the city and met with the Prefect (Superintendent) and all technical staff of the CLSG project implementation in Nzerekore.

(See photos by Pierre Bavogi, Social Safeguard Assistant, Guinea).

 

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