Press Release

Midterm review of the CLSG Project AP Implementation in the heart of Europe

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The General Manager of TRANSC CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, along with his senior management team is currently in Brussels to review the progress of the Acceleration Plan with the Owner’s Engineer, TRACTEBEL.

The high-level meeting is taking place at the time when the partial commissioning of the CLSG project is planned for December 2019 in Liberia. Mr. Sherif and team are holding critical discussions with the TRACTEBEL senior management at the company’s headquarters.


The objective is to bring the EPC contractors, Owner’s engineer and TRANSCO CLSG management together and discuss critical issues affecting the project implementation as well as find amicable solutions. So far, the meetings have been successful with EPC contractors re-affirming their commitments to delivering as scheduled.

Traveling with the General Manager at the Directors of Finance and Administration, Josephus Jigba Yilla, Director of the Project Implementation Unit, Etienne Bailly, the Procurement and Contract Management Specialist, Mohamed Keita, Engineering Coordinator, Erick Achi and Project Engineer Arnaud Kouassi Odi.


TRANSCO CLSG holds crucial technical meeting in Sierra Leone

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A technical meeting on the interconnection operating agreement for the CLSG regional interconnector project was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Friday, October 11, 2019.

The meeting discussed key issues including a proposed road map to achieve consensus and adhesion of the parties on the content of the interconnection operating agreement and a strategy for operationalization of the CLSG interconnector.


The four utilities responsible for electricity in the CLSG countries participated in the meeting, chaired by the Director of the Project Implementation Unit of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Etienne Bailly. Also leading discussions was Michel Caubet. World Bank Consultant.

Mr. Bailly reaffirmed TRANSCO CLSG commitment to deliver reliable and affordable electricity to the people of the CLSG countries. “We are committed. We are pushing our contractors to deliver the project on time.” He thanked the participants for the fruitful discussion and wished them safe journey to their respective destinations.


General Manager pleased with implementation progress

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The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG visited Liberia and Sierra Leone to conduct site visits along the transmission line and substations. The visit was part of Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif’s mid-term review of the Acceleration Plan which was launched by management to fast track the implementation of the CLSG project in order to meet the December 2019 partial commissioning of the line in Liberia.

In Liberia, the General Manager and team visited the transmission line corridor between Yekepa, Buchanan and Monrovia, the substations including Buchanan and Mount Coffee substations. The tour was guided by the implementing EPC contractors including SIEYUAN, UTE and NCC.

In Sierra Leone, the General Manager visited the substations in Bumbuma, Binkogor and Kenema. He also met with authorities in those districts who expressed happiness about the CLSG project.

Following the tour, the General Manager said he was pleased with the level of construction activities especially with the substations. He called on the contractors to double their efforts to ensure the acceleration plan achieves its objective so that reliable and affordable energy is delivered to the people of Liberia.

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In Liberia: Buchanan, Mount Coffee substations

In Sierra Leone: Bumbuna, Kenema and Binkogor substations


Linsan erects first set of transmission towers

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The CLSG interconnection project has got another major boost with the first set of transmission towers being erected in Linsan, Republic of Guinea. October 1, 2019 marked the official launch of the erection of transmission towers by EPC contractors, ANGELIQUE.

Recently, Linsan witnessed the launch of foundations for transmission towers in Linsan, a ceremony that was characterized by celebration by residents and local authorities. The milestone event was graced by TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager in Guinea, TRACTEBEL, local authorities and the EPC contractor, ANGELIQUE.

This is indeed a milestone in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project.

See photos by Khalil Sidibe, Social Safeguard Assistant, Republic of Guinea



Site clearing at Nzerekore substation in Guinea

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The implementation of the CLSG project has got another boost. Construction activity has begun at the Nzérékoré substation site in Guinea. Site clearing is ongoing…

Debut des travaux de dégagement du site du poste de Nzérékoré

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TRANSCO CLSG pushes contractors to meet delivery schedule

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The Management of TRANSCO CLSG has affirmed its commitment to partially commission the CLSG interconnection project in Liberia come December 2019.

As a result, the General Manager is pushing EPC contractors to accelerate the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project and at the same time urging them not to compromise its quality.

A week-long meeting with all the contractors implementing the project in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, held in Abidjan, critically looked at the challenges in the implementation process and finding solutions to accelerate construction activities.

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif challenged the contractors to double up their construction activities and sought their commitment to ensure the project is delivered as per schedule.

The mid-term review of the Acceleration Plan was intended to understand the challenges facing the contractors and finding solutions that will accelerate the project implementation.  “Delay is unacceptable…” the General Manager stressed.

The bilateral meetings were attended by the Director of Project Implementation, Ettienne Baily, Engineering Coordinator, Erick Achi, TRACTEBEL (the owner’s engineer) and Engineers of the project.



Pre-commissioning activity at Kenema Substation

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Pre-commissioning tests of the substation equipment is successfully going on in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Pre-commissioning is the testing of all substation equipment individually (strictly one after the other) to ensure that their functions conform to the design specification. Once each equipment is tested and the tests are okay, then the overall substation will be ready for final test and fine tuning as required.

The EPC contractors, SIEYUAN have pre-commissioned most of the Primary Equipment including the current Transformers, Voltage Transformers, Surge Arrestors, Circuit Breakers etc.

The Power Transformers will be pre-commissioned shortly.

After these tests, the substations will be ready for final commissioning, SCADA test, Transformers load test and operations.

Report and photos by Francis Vandy, TRANSCO CLSG Engineer and Contract Specialist.