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CLSG project implementation hits 87% – GM declares

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The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif says significant progress has been made in the. construction works of the CLSG interconnection project, with an overall progress rate of 87% which was achieved at the end of August 2020. He said further progress has been made since then.

The construction of the section of the transmission line from Man (Cote d’Ivoire) through Liberia to Yiben (Sierra Leone) is almost complete. Three out of five substations in Sierra Leone and four out of five substations in Liberia have reached completion stage, the head of TRANSCO CLSG disclosed.

Addressing the 22nd seating of the company’s Board of Directors on Monday, September 21, 2020, which was held virtually due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and its related travel restrictions, Mr. Sherif said the SVC (Static Var Compensator used primarily for reactive power support and voltage control) at Man substation has reached completion stage.

He also informed the Board that the SCADA Back up on the Man site is nearly completed. SCADA is an acronym for Supervisory Control and Date Acquisition which is used to monitor and control of the plant. “Inspection of the facilities and the pre-commissioning tests have started,” he disclosed.

The General Manager furthers that while TRANSCO CLSG continues to make significant progress in the construction of the transmission line, management is  constrained to push back the commissioning date of the line to December 2020 due to the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the project. He said in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, management engaged the EPC Contractors and deployed a recovery plan to ensure that the new commissioning target is achieved.

The General Manager said TRANSCO CLSG’s main priority for the rest of 2020 is to complete and energize the section of the transmission line from Man to Bumbuna and deliver electricity to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

TRANSCO CLSG will conclude the recruitment of the temporary O&M (Operation and Maintenance) operator by October 2020 for a period of six months, while also pursuing the recruitment of the permanent O & M operator.

 

Chairman Traore hails donors, stakeholders for support to CLSG project

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The Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG, Hon. Amidou Traoré is commending donor partners for their support to the CLSG project implementation. In his opening remarks at the start of the 22nd seating of the Board of Directors virtually, on Monday, September 21, 2020, Chairman Traore thanked the Management of TRANSCO CLSG for keeping the project implementation on track despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Chairman, who is the Director-General, CI-Energies emphasized that in order for the CLSG project to be achieved, it will take the collective efforts of donors and other partners and key stakeholders in making the project a reality.

Chairman Traore furthered that the project would impact the lives of inhabitants of beneficiary countries, particularly Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

He maintained that significant progress has been made in the CLSG project implementation, despite the outbreak of corona virus which created delays. However, the Chairman assured that the project remains on course to connect light to lives.

Board members, including the Secretary General of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), Mr. Siengui A. Ki are in attendance.

The General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif, in his statement, reported on the progress and challenges in the project implementation amidst the coronal virus pandemic and other challenges faced by the company during the year 2020.

The General Manager also outlined plans for the rest of the year and presented the key items that require the consideration and approval of the Board.

The General Manager, in his statement expressed TRANSCO CLSG’s deepest condolences to the Chairman, and the CI-Energies family for the sudden passing away of Mr. Tanoe, the Secretary General of CI-Energies who in diverse ways contributed to the TRANSCO CLSG institutional setup and participated in the activities of the Board through the Technical Committee.

 

TRANSCO CLSG holds 22nd Board meeting virtually

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Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and its related travel restrictions, TRANSCO CLSG is convening its 22nd Board of Directors meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020 virtually.

The Board of Directors will discuss reports submitted to it by the various Board committees including Technical, Finance and Administration, Audit and Governance committees; following which the Board is expected to approve the reports.

Board members, including the Secretary General of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), Mr. Siengui A. Ki have confirmed their participation, and that will constitute a quorum. Board Chairman, Hon. Amidou Traoré, Director-General, CI-Energies, will chair the meeting.

The General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif will deliver an important statement that encompasses the progress and challenges in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project. He will report on the progress that have been achieved in 2020 amidst the coronal virus pandemic and other challenges faced by the company during the year 2020.

The General Manager will also outline plans for the rest of the year and present the key items that require the consideration and approval of the Board.

The General Manager is also expected to express TRANSCO CLSG’s deepest condolences to the Chairman, and the CI-Energies family for the sudden passing away of Mr. Tanoe, the Secretary General of CI-Energies who in diverse ways contributed to the TRANSCO CLSG institutional setup and participated in the activities of the Board through the Technical Committee.

 

TRANSCO CLSG holds High level Board Committees’ meetings virtually

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Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and its related travel restrictions, the management of TRANSCO CLSG is holding its institutional meetings for the third quarter virtually. On Thursday, September 3, 2020, the Technical Committee meeting commenced.

These meetings are usually held face-to-face at the company’s headquarters in Abidjan, but the Covid-19 situation necessitated the virtual gathering. Working remotely is the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committee members from Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are meeting to review the progress and challenges in the implementation of the CLSG project. See schedules below:

 

TRANSCO CLSG’S INSTITUTIONAL MEETINGS SCHEDULE FOR THIRD QUARTER

Board Technical Committee Meeting 

Thursday September 3, 2020 – Friday September 4, 2020

Topics:

  • International Operational Agreement
  • Revised Contract for temporary O&M
  • Project Progress report

Board Finance & Administration Committee

Monday September 7, 2020 – Tuesday September 8, 2020

Topics:

  • Review and adopt Procurement Manual
  • Updated Business Plan and budget for 2020
  • Draft Statement for 2019
  • 4th Quarter Interim report 2019

Board Audit & Good Governance Committee      

Thursday September 10, 2020 – Friday September 11, 2020

Topics:

  • Audit report for the period December 2019 to June 2020

Board of Directors’ and Shareholders’ Meeting

Monday September 21, 2020

 

TRANSCO CLSG holds 2-week long Joint Donors Supervision mission

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ABIDJAN – June 29, 2020: The management of TRANSCO CLSG has been holding series of Joint Donors Virtual Supervision Mission meetings with funders of the CLSG interconnection project. The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif chairs the meetings. The mission which kicked off on June 23, 2020, concludes this week.

As part of the fiduciary aspect of the CLSG project implementation, the CLSG donors including the World Bank (WB), African Development Bank (AfDB), the German Development Bank (KfW) and European Development Bank (EIB) conduct midterm and quarterly reviews of the project covering technical issues, challenges and mitigation measures that would be discussed and used to push the project implementation forward.

The Donors welcomed the mission to keep them up to date with the CLSG project progress. They thanked TRANSCO CLSG management for the level of progress being made despite the Covid-19 pandemic. They reaffirmed their pledge to work closely with TRANSCO CLSG to see the lights on. “We are looking forward to see the lights on,” said Madam Clemencia Torres, World Bank Task team leader for the CLSG project.

She added: “All the eyes are on us and so we look forward to the conclusion of the project implementation.” Madam Fatima Gaba of the AfDB also thanked TRANSCO CLSG for making the joint mission (the first) possible. “It’s an important mission for the AfDB. The CLSG project is an especially important project and we are looking forward to ensuring that we have very sustainable trade among the four countries.”

The meetings are focused on the technical aspects of the project, procurement issues, financial management aspects of the projects, among others crucial topics.