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CLSG project erects more towers towards Nzerekore

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The implementation of the CLSG Project makes progress as more transmission towers are being constructed along the Yekepa (Liberia) to Nzerekore (Guinea) corridor.

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif on Monday, June 7, 2021, toured the transmission line and the substation in Nzerekore, which is undergoing intense construction.

He expressed confidence that the project when completed will ensure stable and affordable electricity in the region.

N’Zérékoré) is the second-largest city in Guinea by population after the capital, Conakry, and the largest city in the region of southeastern Guinea. The commercial and economic center patiently awaits the arrival of the CLSG electricity which local authorities including the Prefet and Governor have said will boom economic activities in the city and the region at large.

 

Pres. Bio on increasing energy access in Sierra Leone

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The government of Sierra Leone sees vigorous energy sector reform as critical to economic growth, health, and social well-being, says Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. He adds that as a result of this robust reform, more households are now connected to the grid than in 2018.

President Bio disclosed that 39 communities are to be electrified along the CLSG/West Africa Power Pool’s 225kV transmission network including Zimmi and Potoru in the south; Kangama Gorahun and Njaiama Nimikoro to the east; and Masingbi, Bumbuna, Matotoka, Kamalo, Kamakwie, Binkolo, and Fadugu to the north. According to him, electricity supply has been restored to Lunsar.

The CLSG project provides opportunity for rural electrification which will immensely benefits people in the rural communities within the proximity of the transmission line. That means villages along the way will benefit from the rural electrification component through a technology called the Shield-wire system. Schools, health centers and households will be electrified as part of this rural electrification component.

Significant progress has also been made in the construction works of the CLSG interconnection line. The construction of the section of the transmission line from Man (Cote d’Ivoire) through Liberia to Yiben (Sierra Leone) is almost complete.

According to President Bio, planning and rural electrification units have been set up to supervise rural electrification activities, develop regulations, and develop cost-reflective tariffs. “The electrification of seven District towns — Kabala, Kambia, Moyamba, Kailahun, Pujehun, Bonthe and Mattru Jong — is well underway. Phase II expansion of the Bumbuna Hydroelectric dam is also in progress.”

In his statement at the state opening of the Fourth Session of the Fifth Parliament in May 2021, the Sierra Leonean leader said his government has increased electricity generation and transmission capacity across the country. “We will augment generation capacity with 87 Megawatts of confirmed investment in the sector and we will soon commission a 6-Megawatt solar park in Newton.”

“We now generate sufficient electricity in Freetown,” he declared, adding that his government inherited a defective and decadent transmission and distribution system that is incapable of evacuating and transmitting the power that is being generated. “This is made worse by the deliberate vandalization by ill-motivated citizens of transformers and installed equipment. Therefore, let me state that citizens who are engaged in such vandalization activities will face the full force of the law,” the President said.

President Bio continued that with support from the World Bank, his government is currently addressing the perennial problem of load-shedding and massive inefficiencies in power evacuation and distribution in Freetown by expanding or upgrading the 33 kV / 11 kV grid in Freetown. “Distribution transformers and lines are also being installed in 33 unserved communities. A vendor supply process for electricity meters means that meters are now easily available.”

In collaboration with partners, the President furthered that his government has commissioned 50 rural mini- grids and four smaller pilot systems in 54 chiefdoms with 8,000 household connections in beneficiary communities, and another 44 mini-grids are being developed in 44 chiefdoms.

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EU to Expand Electricity in Buchanan, South-east Using TRANSCO CLSG substation

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Culled from FrontpageAfricaonline.com

MONROVIA – A team from the European Union on Tuesday inspected the TRANSCO CLSG substation in Grand Bassa County which it intends to use to feed a distribution network for the supply of electricity to Buchanan city and other southeastern cities.

Speaking to FrontPageAfrica in Buchanan, the head of cooperation at the European Union in Liberia, Theododorus Kaspers, said “The agreement is signed for a total of US$42 million and it is supposed to bring electricity to a number of cities in the Southeast – Buchanan, Barclayville and Greenville in particular and in principle extend electricity to cities which are already being which are already being served from the lines across the border – Cote d’Ivoire.”

He said cities like Harper in Maryland County, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Tappita in Nimba County would all benefit from the distribution network.

He said though the original plan to get private sector involvement in the distribution may not be feasible, the EU would still go ahead with the distribution in Buchanan, Barclayville and Greenville while finding means to get the private sector involved.

“It is important for us in support of the energy sector to engage with the private sector. In all countries in the world, you see a transformation from government-run entities to private sector; so, we need to find ways to attract the private sector in those cities to operate,” he said.

About 11,000 households are expected to benefit from the programme in Buchanan City.

Also speaking to FrontPageAfrica, the country manager for Transco CLSG in Liberia, Jerry Taylor, said the Buchanan substation is one of five substations built by TRANSCO CLSG project for the supply of power from Cote d’Ivoire to all parts of Liberia.

“The EU called us that there is funding for not only the backbone but also for the distribution of electricity for the city of Buchanan and this is where we come in because we are responsible for the substation in Buchanan,” he said.

He said the substation would be energized in April this year.

South-eastern Liberia has been on the margin of development, especially when it comes to road connectivity and electricity which are considered as the some of the main drivers of development. The objective of the EU programme, according to the agreement, is to stimulate socio-economic development and thereby improve the living conditions of the rural population, prioritizing the South-East of Liberia. It aims to achieve this objective by increasing access to reliable and affordable renewable-energy-based electricity. The programme attempts to catalyze private sector investment in the development of electricity mini-grids.

The main outcomes of the action will be that electricity is widely available and used by people in the selected main settlements of the South-East of Liberia for productive, commercial and residential purposes as well as for the delivery of basic services (as health and education) and that the licensees or commercial operators active in the targeted areas are operating in a gender sensitive way according to their contracts, following best practice and are set on a growth trajectory.

The programme provides technical assistance and applies two support modalities for private sector investments in and operation of mini-grids.

A gender analysis, undertaken by external consultants during the period November 2017 – March 2018, has concluded that the social dimensions of energy provision need to be addressed in order to reach the overall objective of contributing to poverty reduction. To achieve this, the approach under this action will be two-fold: i) implementation of a number of gender sensitive measures, including but not limited to ensuring quotas for women in employment opportunities and inclusion of women in project structures, and ii) development of a gender component which will prepare women, primarily through training and economic empowerment activities, to fully capitalize on the energy to be provided. The gender component will be implemented under a Service contract. Any investment in skills training will closely complement EU existing efforts under the 11th EDF TVET programme.

There will also be gender sensitive training and capacity building to ensure that the arrival of electricity translates into poverty reduction and improved wellbeing of women, men, girls and boys living in the targeted areas. The TORs for tendering these services are available.

Women in Liberia continue to miss out on opportunities and lack participation in management and decision-making positions at all levels of the society. Despite overall having almost an equal share of the labour force, they are very under-represented in terms of paid employment as women hold only 24% of paid jobs and earn less than 70% of men. Women are more likely to be vulnerably employed in the informal sector and agriculture and they make up 60% of the workforce in rural areas in Liberia. The prevalence of women in the low skilled labour informal economy is associated in part with low literacy levels: women and girls continue to have limited access to education (33% of women are literate compared to 62% of men). Child marriage and violence against women, including female genital mutilation, remain of serious concern.

The programme will also help to reduce these barriers by providing Affordable and Clean Energy to as many final beneficiaries as possible. For example, the availability of light in public places at night reduces the incidence of Sexual and Gender based Violence (SGBV). The availability of light at home has been proven to improve the educational achievements of girls, who are traditionally expected to carry out domestic chores during daylight hours. Moreover, training and employment opportunities under the umbrella of the energy programme will provide women with access to economic empowerment and will strengthen women’s voice and agency in the selected communities.

 

 

Impressive! President Weah asserts following substation tour

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LIBERIA: President George M. Weah visited the Yekepa substation in Nimba County, during his nationwide tour on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The high-level visit for the first time by the Liberian President serves as a major milestone in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project, as TRANSCO CLSG pushes towards energizing and commissioning the transmission line from Cote d’Ivoire to Liberia through the Yekepa substation, which is the entry point for the 225kV high-power electricity.

“This is impressive!” President Weah excitedly said following the tour of the facility. He was guided on tour by TRANSCO CLSG’s Country Manager, Jerry Taylor.  The visit was a resounding success as it afforded President Weah the opportunity to see for himself the level of progress that has been made to bring reliable and affordable electricity to Liberia.

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President Weah was received upon arrival at the TRANSCO CLSG facility by the Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon Gesler E. Murray, who underscored the significance of the CLSG energy project for the Liberian people and the Mano River Sub-region at large. He said the transmission line, when energized will immensely benefit the people in terms of reliability and affordably of the power.

Minister Murray applauded the President and the Government for prioritizing energy for the Liberian people within the national development agenda. He said the actualization of the CLSG project is the manifestation of the President’s commitment to ensuring that the age-old power deficit, especially during the dry season will come to an end.

The Liberian Energy Minister stressed that the power will not only be reliable, but also affordable as the tariff is expected to shift downward and will deepen socioeconomic activities of the people and improve their lives significantly.

For his part, the Country Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, assured the President that the CLSG power will be available in Liberia, up to Mt. Coffee before the end of March 2021. However, he cautioned that the CLSG transmission network with five 225 kV substations in Liberia will only be useful to the Liberian people when national network is built to reach the power to the eagerly awaiting population.

Taylor disclosed that the CLSG project has a rural electrification component that will allow power reach directly to the rural population. He said about 126 towns and villages along the line corridor in Liberia will be electrified through the Shield Wire System.

President Weah expressed delight at the level of progress already made in the project implementation. He emphasized that the electricity would help improve the quality of life of Liberians and the sub-region, and that it is healthy for regional cooperation.

The President was accompanied by the Ministers of Finance for Development Planning, Information, Cultural and Tourism, State for Presidential Affairs, Internal Affairs, among others.

The CLSG project is financed by four donors, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and the German Development Bank (KfW), with counterpart funding from the governments of the CLSG countries. The CLSG project now stands at 99% completion rate in Liberia and 90% overall completion.

 

TRANSCO CLSG Convenes crucial meeting with contractors

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A senior level team headed by the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG comes to Monrovia, Liberia to spearhead a pivotal meeting with all EPC contractors implementing the electricity project in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The bi-annual meeting is within the framework of the implementation of the CLSG project as TRANSCO CLSG prepares to commission and energize the first section of the CLSG network in February 2021 from Man in Cote d’Ivoire to Mount Coffee in Liberia.

Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif and his team of engineers and administrators will take stock of the progress of the CLSG interconnection project and will take actions to address all pending issues or challenges related to the timely completion and commissioning of the CLSG network.

The three-day high-level meeting which starts on Tuesday, January 26th will conclude Thursday, January 28th, will highlight project related issues including the status and the roadmap of remaining works and tests before commissioning, updated project schedule including energization schedule, coordination of all interfaces between contractors, roadmap for the finalization of the O&M (Operation and Maintenance) manuals, coordination of outage with National Utilities and the delivery of completion of Certificates contractors.

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG is urging the EPC contractors to ensure the CLSG project is completed on time so that stable and affordable electricity is delivered to millions of people in the sub region, particularly the beneficiary countries in the Mano River Basin.

Mr. Sherif festooned the governments and people of the CLSG countries, the donors and other key stakeholders who have worked assiduously over the years to move this important project forward to completion. “We are excited to see this project coming to commissioning. We promised to deliver, and we are on course to connect light to the lives of our people,” an elated Mr. Sherif said.

 

CLSG Project puts smiles on many faces

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The CLSG Project is an important interconnection project linking Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. It’s going to provide life-changing moments for millions of people in the Mano River Basin, when the stable and affordable electricity arrives.

TRANSCO CLSG has announced a plan to start commissioning of the transmission line in February 2021, this has put smiles on many faces.

Final construction activities are ongoing in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea; thus, the long-awaited electricity is about to be realized. That also brings joy to the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, the Donors and the governments of the CLSG countries, who have worked tirelessly to ensure the project becomes a reality.

 

Positions of Internal Audit and Assistant Audit Officers

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TRANSCO CLSG Seeks Individual Consultants for the positions of Internal Audit Officer and Assistant Internal Auditor

The Officers will collaborate to ensure compliance with TRANSCO CLSG’s processes and procedures, Rules and Regulations and provide assurance of the reliability and integrity of information provided to stakeholders, reinforce internal controls as well as serve as TRANSCO CLSG’s point of contact for external parties on audit related issues.  The duration of the assignment is for a period of 12 Months renewable after a satisfactory evaluation of his/her performance. SEE DOCUMENTS BELOW:

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