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Kenema Substation takes shape

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The Sierra Leone section of the CLSG interconnection project comprises the construction of five (5) substations and 537 km of 225kV transmission line. The project is being implemented within an area that spans eight districts namely, Karene, Pujehun, Kenema, Kono, Tonkolili, Koinadugu, Bombali and Kambia for a distance of about 537km.

Meanwhile, in Kenema, the second largest city and the Provincial Headquarter Town in the eastern province, one of the substations (Kenema substation) is being constructed in Gofor, 2 km to Kenema on the Potoru – Kenema Highway by EPC contractor, Sieyuan. The substation is taking shape with the installation of primary equipment on site. Primary gantry, oil tank, circuit breakers, etc are being deployed on site.

The substation is vital as it will increase the power transfer capacity, the reliability and availability of power supply to Kenema and other Districts.

See Photos below by Abdulai Conteh, Social Safeguard Assistant, Sierra Leone

 

 

International Women’s Day 2019: TRANSCO CLSG recognizes productive role of women

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International Women’s Day is not simply a celebration — it’s a call to action for everyone to continue to push for complete gender equality. Today, March 8, 2019, as women around the world celebrate their economic, cultural, political and social achievements, the management of TRANSCO CLSG used the occasion to recognized the productive role of its female staff in the implementation of the CLSG project. “You are part of the success story of TRANSCO CLSG. You are the pillars of our accomplishment. We (TRANSCO CLSG Management) thank you,” said the Director of the Project Implementation Unit, Mr. Etienne Baily.

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Happy Women’s Day!

 

 

 

TRANSCO CLSG Brings Jobs to the CLSG Countries

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Thousands of residents in CLSG project affected communities across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been employed by EPC contractors implementing the project.

According to statistics released by TRANSCO CLSG, about 7695 local people have been employed by the EPC contractors along with few international experts to implement the CLSG interconnection project. Those concerned were recruited between January 2018 to December 2018 when construction activities kicked off.

The types of jobs created are:

  • Jobs of Engineers, Technicians and Doctors;
  • Administrative and Financial Jobs;
  • Drivers jobs;
  • Sawyer jobs,
  • Cleaning technician jobs;
  • Casual jobs for the physical marking of the corridor or substation site;
  • Casual job jobs for manual deforestation with machetes;
  • Guard and Security Service Jobs;
  • Warehouse Jobs;
  • Cook jobs;
  • Welder jobs;
  • Jobs of masons;
  • Carpenters jobs;
  • Gas Station Attendant jobs;
  • Mechanics jobs;
  • Help-topographer’s jobs;
  • Guide Bulldozer Jobs

During the Fourth Quarter of 2018, about 1,608 were recruited across the CLSG countries. The rate of recruitment of local staff will increase as activities continue in 2019. The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif termed the development as incredible milestone.

The General Manager also said creating jobs in the CLSG Countries is part of TRANSCO CLSG’s goal to create an enabling environment that will generate economic activities in order to alleviate poverty on the people.

During a recent tour of project sites, the General Manager met with scores of local people who have been hired by the Contractors to implement the CLSG project. As he enumerated the vast benefits that come with the CLSG interconnection project, Mr. Sherif challenged the workers to take ownership of the project for its successful implementation.

Saying that he was happy to see locals being hired to implement the project, the General Manager challenged them to own the project. He said, even though TRANSCO CLSG is the owner of the transmission line, “it is you who are the owners of the line. You need to know that this line will be passing through your communities and it will benefit your communities economically and socially, etc.”

 

Approved ESMP Construction documents

Please see below the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) approved documents for the CLSG project construction phase. These construction documents have been approved by TRANSCO CLSG and the Donors – World Bank, African Development Bank, European Development and KfW.

The purpose of these documents is to mitigate health, safety and environmental negative impacts during the construction phase of the CLSG interconnection project across the four countries – Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

CLSG Project Construction ESMP Document ANGELIQUE TATA December 2018 ENG (Approved)

CLSG Project ESMP Construction Document Sieyuan Lot 02 Liberia January 2019 ( Approved)

CLSG Project JV EIFFAGE ELECNOR Construction ESMP March 2018 (Approved)

CLSG Project KALPATARU (Lot 4) Construction ESMP Document (Approved)

CLSG Project NCC TL WB-EIB 04-Lot 2 Liberia Construction ESMP May 2018 (Approved)

CLSG Project PGES Chantier ANGELIQUE TATA Decembre 2018 FR (Version Approuvée)

CLSG Project SIEYUAN (Lot 1) Construction Environmental & Social Management Plan CESMP

Projet CLSG BOUYGUES PGES Chantier Version Approuvée Mars 2018

 

Contractors urged to implement CLSG project on time

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The timely implementation of the CLSG interconnection project remains a top priority for the Management of TRANSCO CLSG. Meanwhile, following the two-day high-level Semi-Annual Coordination Meeting with EPC Contractors held in Conakry, Republic of Guinea, the Management of TRANSCO CLSG and the contractors reaffirmed strong commitment to commission the CLSG project across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea come December 2019.

In closing remarks, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif challenged all EPC contractors to expedite construction works to ensure compliance. He emphasized that the commissioning of the CLSG project has been set for December 2019 and urged contractors that are behind schedule to commit to expedite works to meet the contractual deadlines. No delays to be accepted, he urged.

The bi-annual meeting afforded TRANSCO CLSG and its EPC contractors an opportunity to discuss the progress of their respective contracts, share the challenges encountered in order to find efficient solutions, and discuss all coordination issues between components and/or other projects. The status of the progress of the key activities including the Engineering, Manufacturing & Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), Transportation, Construction and Technical issues top the agenda.

Other points discussed at the meeting financial issues – invoicing and billing procedures, disbursement planning; risks mitigation strategies; and coordination needs between components and/or other projects; and next steps.

The General Manager called on the contractors to make all necessary efforts to speed up the construction works, especially as the rainy season is about to set in few months. Mr. Sherif also informed the meeting about the organizational improvements made in the Owner’s Engineer team, and informed the contractors that the OE will be more present on sites and efficient to expedite review and approval of documents.

The General Manager admonished contractors to remain in the contractual costs, adding that no cost deviation will be accepted. “We are here to solve the problems and move the project faster to ensure timely implementation,” Mr. Sherif said.

He used the meeting remind the EPC contractors to fully abide by the CLSG Countries laws and statutory holidays to avoid issues with local governments. “We also encourage all our contractors to use more local laborers on the project,” Mr. Sherif urged.

Meanwhile, all the EPC contractors including JV ELECNOR/EIFFAGE, NCC, JV SIEYUAN-NEIE, JV ANGELIQUE/TATA, NR ELECTRIC, KEC, KALPATARU and BOUYGUES E&S, reassured the Management of TRANSCO CLSG of their fullest commitment to making sure the CLSG project is delivered on schedule.

The coordination meeting was attended by the Owner’s Engineer, TRACTEBEL. Other senior level executives of TRANSCO CLSG including the Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Josephus Jigba Yilla and Director of Project Implementation Unit, Mr. Ettienne Bailly also attended.

The General Manager and participants congratulated Angelique – TATA for hosting the meeting and TRANSCO CLSG country office for their support. He also expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the Government and People of Guinea for their support to the CLSG Project.

 

TRANSCO CLSG Team arrives in Conakry for high-level meeting

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The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG is leading a senior-level delegation to the 2-day high-level Bi-annual Coordination Meeting with TRANSCO CLSG’s Owner Engineer, TRACTEBEL and all EPC Contractors in the Guinean capital, Conakry.

The EPC contractors attending the meeting which kicks off Monday, February 18, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel include JV ELECNOR/EIFFAGE, NCC, JV SIEYUAN-NEIE, JV ANGELIQUE/TATA, NR ELECTRIC, KEC, KALPATARU and BOUYGUES E&S.

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG and other senior level executives have arrived for the meeting.

The status of the progress of the key activities in the implementation of the CLSG project including the Engineering, Manufacturing & Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), Transportation, Construction and Technical issues are top of the agenda. The Financial progress and issues and project activities for the next 6 months will be discussed.

 

TRANSCO CLSG holds high-level meeting with OE, Bouygues

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019: TRANSCO CLSG held high level meeting with EPC Contractor, Bouygues Energies and Services to discuss project implementation issues relating to the commissioning of the transmission line section from Man, Cote d’Ivoire to Yekepa (Liberia) and to N’Zerekore (Guinea) by December 2019.

Prior to the meeting with Bouygues on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, a preparatory meeting was held with the Owner Engineer, TRACTEBEL on Monday, January 28, 2019. All meetings were held at OE’s headquarters in Brussels.

Pictures below, courtesy of Nabi Seshie

Yekepa Substation construction way on course

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YEKEPA, Liberia – The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif on Thursday, January 17, 2019, toured the Yekepa substation construction in Liberia and was impressed with the level of civil works being carried out on site. “I am impressed….” he declared following a guided tour of the site led by EPC contractor, Sieyuan.

The visit was part of the General Manager’s CLSG project site tour that he launched recently across the four beneficiary countries. The visits afforded the General Manager first hand assessment of construction activities in the CLSG project implementation.

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Rousing welcome for TRANSCO CLSG General Manager in Guinea

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YALEZOU, Guinea – A large crowd of community leaders including the deputy Superintendent (Sub Prefect), Police and Military commanders, gathered at the Yalezou border checkpoint to welcome the General Manager and delegation to Guinea as the tour of CLSG project sites continued.

Scores of parents, friends and community members patiently waited for the delegation and as the convoy emerged from the vast dust, the Sub Prefect, Youssouf Fofanah and his team lined up to receive the TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif. “This is very exciting…” the GM said.

The show of support for the CLSG project in Guinea is overwhelming. The community awaits patiently for the coming of the affordable and reliable electricity to their town.

Yalenzou is a town and sub-prefecture in the Nzérékoré Region of Guinea. It is located southeast of Nzérékoré near the border with Liberia. The town of Nzao, the official site of the TRANSCO CLSG substation, lies between Yalenzou and Nzérékoré.

From the border, the TRANSCO CLSG delegation was accompanied to Yalenzou town center where another group of residents awaited to meet the TRANSCO CLSG team. At an indoor meeting, the people of Yalenzou welcomed the General Manager and presented him cola nuts.

They extolled the management of TRANSCO CLSG for the hard work in bringing reliable and affordable electricity to their community and the country at large. “We are in darkness here but we are very happy for the CLSG project coming to our town….” Sub prefect Fofannah said amidst cheers.

The meeting in Yalenzou was a prelude to a much high-profile union with the Superintendent (Prefect) of Nzerekore, Sory Sanoh, who formally welcomed the General Manager and team to his town. He expressed joy for the CLSG project.

“We are not just beneficiaries or actors, this project is ours,” Prefect Sanoh said, adding that there is an urgent need for electricity in his region. According to Prefect Sanoh, Nzerekore is a Prefecture that embraces all sectors of socio-economic activity. “We all know that without energy there can be no development. So, we are with you so that this project is done as quickly as possible.”