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Health Center for Linsan Citizens

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Republic of Guinea, 3 November 2018: The citizens of Linsan, one of the towns to benefit from the CLSG project in the Republic of Guinea, have constructed a modern health center financed by TRANSCO CLSG as part of the resettlement action plan for project affected persons (PAPs).

During the compensation process in Linsan, the PAPs proposed a health center project to be undertaken by TRANSCO CLSG as their compensation.

See pictures from Pierre Bavogui, Social Safeguard Assistant.

Meanwhile, a joint supervision mission from the World Bank and TRANSCO CLSG recently went to Linsan and visited the completed Health Center, financed by TRANSCOCLSG as compensation for the Linsan substation site.

Paivi Koskinen-Lewis, Social Safeguard Expert for the World Bank visited the heath center along with TRANSCO CLSG Social Safeguard Specialist, Marie Chantal Niambe-Ekra.

 

Towers of power: Liberia sees first tower erected

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Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, November 9, 2018:  Residents along the Buchanan to Yekepa corridor of the CLSG interconnection project were overwhelmed with excitement Friday when they saw the first transmission tower being erected. The EPC contractor, UTE Elecnor-Eiffage, which is implementing the CLSG Project in the area has erected the first tower in Liberia.

The Project Manager of UTE Elecnor-Effiage, Francois Christiene, in providing the details of the process assured the TRANSCO CLSG Liberia’s Country Manager, Jerry T. Taylor that 12 teams will be deployed to accelerate the erection of the 575 towers over a 230 km corridor, from Buchanan to Yekepa.

The contractors are expected to upscale civil works and other activities to take advantage of the Dry Season.

For the past few months, the EPC contractors have been constructing tower foundations and erecting towers in Sierra Leone and now Liberia – the first being Tower #5 from Buchanan substation towards Yekepa.

 

 

Featured: Soubre hydroelectric power station of Cote d’Ivoire

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FEATURED NEWS:

The Soubre hydroelectric power station is Cote d’Ivoire and West Africa’s largest hydropower dam that has been built in Soubre, Cote d’Ivoire, in a move that further cements the country as a key supplier of electricity in the region. The Soubre hydroelectric power station is strategically located at the Naoua Falls on the Sassandra River.

It has an installed capacity of 275 megawatts (MW), which will help raise Cote d’Ivoire’s power output while enhancing the country’s status as a principal power producer and supplier in West Africa. “With Soubre dam, we’re on course to meet the target of 4,000 MW by 2020,” said Thierry Tanoh, energy minister of Cote d’Ivoire.

Cote d’Ivoire is interconnecting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea through the TRANSCO CLSG interconnection project.

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TRANSCO CLSG reaching out to communities in Guinea

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First and foremost, community outreach gives back to the community. Our team at the Country office in the Republic of Guinea has been holding CLSG project related meetings with communities in and around Nzérékoré, Kindia and Forecariah, three Préfectures that are impacted by the CLSG project in Guinea.

The implementation of the CLSG project, in all its component requires interactions with local communities.

The meetings are centered around disclosing the complaints management mechanism that was set up in accordance with the Social Safeguard policies of TRANSCOCLSG in the project areas, to resolve conflicts and other issues that may arise during the project implementation.

Here are pictures of these activities in Nzérékoré, Kindia and Forecariah. Photos by Pierre Bavogui, Social Safeguard Assistant assigned in the Nzerekore prefecture.

 

TRANSCO CLSG tend la main aux communautés

Tout d’abord, la communauté doit être responsable de son rayonnement. Notre équipe du bureau-pays de la République de Guinée a tenu des réunions liées au projet CLSG avec des communautés dans et autour de Nzérékoré, Kindia et Forecariah, trois préfectures qui sont touchées par le projet CLSG en Guinée.

La mise en œuvre du projet CLSG, dans toute sa composante, nécessite des interactions avec les communautés locales.

Les réunions sont centrées autour de la divulgation du mécanisme de gestion des plaintes qui a été mis en place en conformité avec les politiques de sauvegarde sociale de TRANSCOCLSG dans les zones du projet, pour résoudre les conflits et d’autres questions qui peuvent surgir pendant la mise en œuvre du projet.

Voici quelques photos de ces activités à Nzérékoré, Kindia et Forecariah. Photos de Pierre BAVOGUI, Assistant en sauvegarde sociale assigné dans la préfecture de Nzerekore.

 

TRANSCO CLSG’s One-on-One with EPC Contractors

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Monday, October 29, 2018: As a follow up to the just concluded donors’ coordination meeting in Conakry, Republic of Guinea, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG met with EPC contractors implementing the CLSG project at the Headquarters in Abidjan on Monday, October 29, 2018.

The objective of the meeting was to reemphasize meeting delivery deadline of the project by 2019. The General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif urged the EPC contractors to keep the project implementation on track. At the end of the meeting, an aide-mémoire containing action plans was signed between TRANSCO CLSG and EPC contractors.

The CLSG project Owner’s Engineer, TRACTEBEL also attended the one-on-one meeting.

Talking points included:

  • Presentation of the commissioning projection of the CLSG Project and the reason to reduce the implementation time frame of the Lot (by TRANSCO CLSG);
  • Presentation of a new strategy of implementation (additional teams/equipment/ etc…) and proposal of a revised time schedule to deliver the project by December 2019
  • Status of identification of final locations of Substation

 

 

 

Le Président Condé loue TRANSCO CLSG

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Le Président Alpha Condé a félicité la direction de TRANSCO CLSG et les principaux intervenants, y compris les donateurs, pour une mise en œuvre réussie du projet d’interconnexion CLSG qui stimulera le développement régional.

Le chef de l’Etat guinéen a réaffirmé l’attachement de son gouvernement à la mise en œuvre intégrale du projet régional qui, selon lui, conduira à la croissance économique. “Je suis heureux. Ce projet est définitivement de bonnes nouvelles pour nos citoyens», a déclaré le Président Condé, comme il a présenté deux des plus grands projets d’électricité de la Guinée, Souapiti et Kaleta à la délégation à travers des albums d’images dans son bureau.

Le Président a demandé à TRANSCO CLSG de continuer sur la voie positive et de maintenir l’élan pendant les phases restantes du projet.

À la suite de la réunion de coordination des donateurs, le Président du Conseil d’administration et de la délégation du TRANSCO CLSG a effectué une visite de courtoisie au Président Condé à son bureau de Conakry le jeudi 18 octobre 2018 pour le remercier de son soutien indéfectible au projet CLSG.

Dans ses remarques, le Président Traore a remercié le Président Condé, l’un des quatre signataires du traité international qui a établi TRANSCO CLSG, pour ses soutiens indéfectibles et ses orientations pour la mise en œuvre réussie du projet CLSG. Il a souligné l’importance du projet CLSG et a reconnu le rôle du Président qui a fait que le projet a atteint des jalons cruciaux.

Traore à informé le dirigeant guinéen que l’interconnexion du Libéria, de la Sierra Leone et de la Guinée avec la Côte d’Ivoire permettra des échanges de pouvoirs mutuellement bénéfiques et une alimentation électrique fiable nécessaire à la croissance économique. Il a dit que le projet CLSG assurera la fiabilité dans la fourniture d’électricité abordable aux citoyens.

Parmi ceux qui accompagnaient M. Traore, il y avait le Secrétaire général de l’EEEOA, M. Siengui Apollinaire KI, le directeur général TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed Sherif, le directeur-pays (Guinée) TRANSCO CLSG Abdoulaye Keita.

 

President lauds TRANSCO CLSG, Others for development project

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Conakry, Guinea, Thursday, October 18, 2018: President Alpha Conde commended the Management of TRANSCO CLSG and key stakeholders including the donors for a successful implementation of the CLSG interconnection project that will spur regional development.

The Guinean leader reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the full implementation of the regional project which he said will lead to economic growth. “I am happy. This project is definitely good news for our citizens,” President Conde said, as he showcased two of Guinea’s biggest electricity projects – Souapiti and Kaleta to the delegation through picture albums in his office.

The President called on TRANSCO CLSG to continue on the positive path and sustain the momentum during the remaining phases of the project.

Following the Donors’ coordination meeting, the Chairman of the TRANSCO CLSG Board of Directors and delegation paid a courtesy call on President Conde at his Conakry office on Thursday, October 18, 2018 to thank him for his unwavering support to the CLSG project.

In remarks, Chairman Traore thanked President Conde, one of the four signatories to the international Treaty that established TRANSCO CLSG, for his unwavering supports and guidance towards the successful implementation of the CLSG project. He stressed the importance of the CLSG project and recognized the President’s own role that has made the project achieve critical milestones.

Mr. Traore informed the Guinean leader that interconnecting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with Cote d’Ivoire will allow mutually beneficial power exchanges and a reliable electricity supply necessary for economic growth. He said the CLSG project will ensure reliability in the provision of affordable electricity to the citizens.

Among those accompanying Mr. Traore were the Secretary General of WAPP, Mr. Siengui Apollinaire KI, TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, Mohammed Sherif, TRANSCO CLSG Guinea Country Manager (Guinea) Abdoulaye Keita.

 

TRANSCO CLSG, Donors visit Guinea’s biggest Hydro Projects

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Conakry, Guinea, Wednesday, October 17, 2018: A high-level delegation headed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Amidou Traore, and accompanied by the World Bank Task Team leader on the CLSG Project, Clemencia Torres, the Secretary General of the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), Mr. Siengui Apollinaire KI and the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG Mohammed M. Sherif, today (Wednesday, October 17, 2018) visited two of Guinea’s biggest hydro power projects situated northwest of the capital, Conakry.

Accompanying the Chairman were also TRANSCO CLSG’s Finance and Administration Manager, Josephus Jigba Yilla, the Director the Project Implementation Unit, Etienne Bailly, Country Managers – Abdoulaye Keita (Guinea), Paul Saffa (Sierra Leone) and Jerry Taylor (Liberia), Environmental Coordinator, Pakidame Kolani, Mohamed Keita, Procurement and Contract Management Specialist and Communication Officer Sidiki Trawally. The Social Safeguard Assistant at Guinea’s Country office, Pierre Bavogui, the Engineering Contractor, Baba Alimou Diallo and the Owner’s Engineer, TRACTEBEL also formed part of the delegation.

The team made the first stop at Souapiti, the country’s second hydropower project on the Konkoure river that is being construction. The Souapiti will have a capacity of 550megawatt that will double the west African country power output.

According to an on-site engineer, once operational, the project will meet power demands in Guinea, as well as supply additional power to neighboring countries such as Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali.

This would confirm the optimism of multilateral, bilateral and regional players who believe the West African electricity market can be overhauled with the implementation of long-mooted cross-border transmission schemes.

Critical to this are the several planned interconnection projects which are intended to improve regional electricity trade and domestic electrification. Chief among these are the Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Gambie (OMVG) and the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection projects.

The transmission links will connect Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal under the OMVG is expected to be completed in 2022 while the Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea (CLSG) interconnection, identified as a top five priority project for the West African Power Pool (WAPP)’s development, is expected in 2020.

The Chairman and team visited the Kaleta Hydroelectric Power Plant Guinea located at Kaleta, Fria, Guinea. The Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 240 MWe was commissioned in 2015 and has since provided some optimism for the country’s quest to provide energy stability.

The Kaléta site is also located on the mouth of the Konkouré River. The project, which was previously part of the larger Gambia River Basin Development Organisation (OMVG) project involving the four countries, namely The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal was commissioned in 2015 by the state-owned utility company, Electricite de Guinee.