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Le mauvais temps n’arrête pas les travaux du projet CLSG

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Les entrepreneurs EPC engagés par TRANSCO CLSG pour mettre en œuvre le projet d’interconnexion CLSG sont un groupe d’éternels optimistes qui ne semble pas laisser les conditions météorologiques, quel qu’elles soient, impacter sur les projets de construction. Par conséquent, les travaux de génie civil et les autres travaux de construction se poursuivent sans relâche dans les pays CLSG.

Récemment, il a plu fortement au Libéria, en Sierra Leone et en Guinée, respectivement, mais les rapports des chantiers de construction du projet CLSG révèlent un volume d’activités de travail continu pour respecter les délais d’exécution du projet.

Beaucoup considéreraient les perturbations météorologiques comme du temps perdu pendant les intempéries. Malheureusement, certains événements peuvent endommager des structures partiellement achevées, y compris les fondations de la tour de transmission, etc., ce qui peut prendre des jours ou des semaines de réparation. La récupération après une heure de pluie pourrait prendre un jour pour assécher les zones et nettoyer les débris et attendre que le matériel se dessèche, mais des mesures palliatives ont été prises pour réduire l’impact de la pluie sur le calendrier du projet.

Détail des activités des entrepreneurs EPC – National Contracting Company (NCC) au Libéria

  • Marquage du corridor de 2,025 km entre AP (Point d’angle) 70 et le portique de la sous-station de Buchanan. Le marquage du corridor de l’AP TT-B-L4 à l’AP 94 et de l’AP 98-6 à l’AP 108 et de l’AP 98 à l’AP 98-4 est déjà terminé.
  • Modification de la route entre AP 70 et AP 71 et AP 74 à AP 75 terminée. Modification en raison du portique de la sous-station Buchanan.
  • Vérification physique des positions des tours de AP 70 à AP 94, AP 98 à AP 98-4 et AP 98-6 à AP 108 déjà terminées.
  • La cartographie géologique est terminée
  • Phase-1 SPT est terminée. Le forage/phase SPT de la phase II a déjà commencé
  • Sondages de fosses terminé pendant que le test de densité de champ est en cours
  • Le test de résistivité du sol est également terminé

 

CLSG project continues even in Bad weather

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Abidjan, CI, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018: EPC Contractors hired by TRANSCO CLSG to implement the CLSG interconnection project are an eternally optimistic group that never seem to allow any weather-related impacts on construction activities. Therefore, civil and other construction works continue unabated across the CLSG countries.

It has been raining heavily in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea respectively, but reports from the CLSG project construction sites speak volume of continued work activities to meet project delivery timeline.

Many would see weather disruptions as the direct time lost during the bad weather. Unfortunately, some event can cause damage to partly completed structures including the transmission tower foundations, etc, which could take days or weeks to fix. Recovering from one hour of rain could take some day to dry and clean debris from an area as well as wait for materials to dry out, but there are already mitigating measures in place to reduce the impact of the rain on the project schedule.

Detail of activities by EPC Contractor – National Contracting Company (NCC) in Liberia

  • 025 km corridor marking completed between AP (Angle Point) 70 and Buchanan Substation gantry. Corridor marking from AP TT-B-L4 to AP 94 & AP 98-6 to AP 108 and AP 98 to AP 98-4 already completed.
  • Re-routing between AP 70 to AP 71 & AP 74 to AP 75 completed. Re-route was done due to Buchanan Substation gantry and to void villages.
  • Physical checking of tower positions from AP 70 to AP 94, AP 98 to AP 98-4 & AP 98-6 to AP 108 already completed.
  • Geological mapping has been completed
  • Phase-1 SPT has been completed. Phase II Bore hole / SPT has already commence
  • Trial pit completed while Field density test is ongoing
  • Soil resistance test has also been completed

 

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Liberia’s House Ratifies US$43.4M CLSG Project Loan

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Culled from Daily Observer Newspaper

At the 54th day sitting, Tuesday, September 4, the House of Representatives has ratified the additional Financing Agreement for La Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection project, in the tone of US$45.3 million, which was signed between the Liberian government and the International Development Assistance (IDA) on December 11, 2017.

The financial agreement is entitled, “Additional Financing Agreement for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Interconnection Project La Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone-Guinea (CLSG).”

The then Finance Minister Boima S. Kamara signed on behalf of the government, while Marisa Leshchenko, Country Manager of IDA affixed his signature for IDA-International.

President George Weah submitted the additional loan agreement on Friday, July 6, but was read in the House’s Chamber on July 10, during the 44th day sitting, and accordingly, the amount of the additional financing allotted to Liberia is US$45.3 million. The agreement comprises a grant of US$22.6 million, and a loan of US$22.7 million.

The  House’s decision to ratify the US$43.5 million Financial Agreement yesterday followed  a report from the Joint Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment; Ways, Means, Finance and Development.

The Joint Committee said among others, “we observed that La Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone-Guinea (CLSG) Project will construct line (1249 KM) aims to facilitate efficient regional trade of electricity by connecting those three countries with the larger sub-regional West African Power Pool (WAPP); and CSLG will allow the four countries to import cheaper reliable electricity (Dry Season) Liberia and/or to export energy (via/St. Paul Project).

In a communication to Speaker Bhofal Chambers of the 54th Legislature, the President said the project’s objective is to support government’s effort in providing a reduced and affordable cost of electricity that will be reliable for the Liberian people and efficient in revenue generation    .

It may be recalled that recently, while submitting the CLSG Project for ratification, President George Weah described CSLG Project as “significant to the country’s economic recovery program.”

According to the President’s communication, the original IDA for the implementation of the regional project is SDR94, 900,000 or its equivalent US$147 million negotiated in March, 2012.

He furthered that the amount of the project increased between the period 2012, and 2016, due to the Ebola epidemic in the Mano River Basin.

“The amount of the additional financing allotted to Liberia is US$45.3 million,” the President said. The maximum commitment charge rate is one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%), and the service charge is the greater of the sum of three-fourths of one percent (3/4 of 1%) per annum on the withdrawn credit balance with payment dates of February 15, and August 15 in each year.

Meanwhile, the passage of the CLSG Loan Agreement comes a week after House Speaker Bhofal Chambers assured the director-general of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif of the ratification.

Speaker Chambers said the Legislature is excited about the electricity project, and will therefore support its implementation in full.

He argued that electricity supports education, health, industry, security and the comforts of life, adding, “Liberia needs this project. We will do our best to ratify the agreement.”

He said that electricity will transform Liberia’s economy, and improve life in the rural areas in many ways.

The Speaker made these remarks when the Mr. Sherif, accompanied by Liberia’s Country Office Manager, Jerry Taylor paid a courtesy call on his office at the Capitol Building, Monday, August 27, 2018.

 

General Manager meets New Sierra Leone Minister of Energy

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Thursday, August 30, 2018: The General Manager, accompanied by his Director of Finance and Administration, Josephus Jigba Yilla and Country Manager, Paul Saffa on Thursday, August 30, 2018, paid a high-level courtesy call on Minister Kanja Sesay, Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone.

During the meeting, the General Manager updated the new Minister on the CLSG interconnection project status across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif thanked the Government and people of Sierra Leone for their unwavering support to the CLSG project. He was very grateful to the government for the timely passage of the financing agreement which has boost the CLSG project implementation in the country.

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 10th July 2018 debated and ratified a $59 Million financing agreement aimed at improving access to electricity supply at a reasonable cost, through an integrated power-grid widely known as the West African Power Pool project.

During the ratification debate, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu recalled that he had played a role in the light of the Agreement when he served in the capacity as Executive Secretary to ECOWAS, adding that he felt personally gratified towards the integrated regional approach with the view of solving energy related challenges, cognizant of the overall objective of ECOWAS aiming at the free movement of people and goods.

In response, Minister Sesay said the government of Sierra Leone is fully in support of the CLSG project, adding that his country’s need for electricity has even increased with the coming of the reliable and affordable electricity. “We will be asking for more power supply,” the Minister revealed.

He reiterated that government’s unwavering support to the project is certain and that Sierra Leone looks to maintaining a cordial relationship with TRANSCO CLSG in providing the electricity to millions of Sierra Leoneans.

According to Minister Sesay, because of the CLSG interconnection project, the government of Sierra Leone is hesitant to make long term commitment with other energy project which will incur high tariff. “The CLSG project is in our own interest so we have to move it very fast.”

The meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretary Energy, Morie Momoh, the deputy minister of energy, Dr. Eldred Taylor, and the Emmanuel Junisa, Deputy Secretary of Energy and the Project Coordinator of Bumbuna ll project, Cyril Grant.

 

GM tours CLSG project sites in Liberia, Sierra Leone

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Monrovia, Liberia, Sunday, August 26, 2018: As construction activities beef up in CLSG countries, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG Mohammed M. Sherif is on a tour of CLSG project sites to assess civil works in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Mr. Sherif is in Liberia and has already assessed construction works of transmission line Lot #1 corridor, from Yekepa to Buchanan, covered under the contract by EPC contractor Elecnor Effiage. The General Manager was accompanied by TRANSCO CLSG Liberia’s Office Country Manager, Jerry T. Taylor, Varney Conneh, Environmental Assistant and Mohammed Kamara ll, Social Safeguard Assistant. The TRANSCO CLSG team was taken on the guided tour by the Contractor’s Project Manager, Mr. Francois Christien.

The General Manager said he is pleased with the progress being made so far and urged the EPC contractor to ensure quality work is delivered and on time.

The General Manager continues his site tour in Sierra Leone where he is expected to visit numerous construction sites in order to have first-hand information about the CLSG project implementation.

 

Liberia’s House Speaker Backs CLSG Project

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Monrovia, Monday, August 27, 2018: Liberia’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Bhofal Chambers says the National Legislature will ensure the passage of the additional financing agreement for the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection project.

President George Weah on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 submitted for ratification the additional financing agreement for the project. The amount of the additional financing allotted to Liberia is US$45.3 million. The agreement was signed on December 11, 2017 and it comprises a grant of US$22.6 million and a loan of US$22.7 million.

Hon. Chambers said the National Legislature is excited about the electricity project and will support its implementation in full. He said electricity supports education, health, industry, security and the comfort of life, adding, “Liberia needs this project. We will do our best to ratify the agreement.”

The House Speaker said electricity will transform Liberia’s economy and improve life in the rural areas in many ways.

Hon. Chambers made these remarks when the Director-General of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif paid a courtesy call on his office at the Capitol Building, Monday, August 27, 2018. The General Manager was accompanied by the Liberia’s County Office Manager, Jerry Taylor and Communication Director Sidiki Trawally.

The General Manager briefed the House Speaker on the progress and challenges of the CLSG project. He also underscored the enormous benefit the CLSG project brings to Liberia and other beneficiary CLSG countries.

“Once operational the CLSG Interconnector will ensure that communities across Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea can access affordable and reliable electricity,” he said.

The General Manager thanked the President of Liberia, George Weah, the National Legislature and other stakeholders including international partners for the hard work in the implementation of the CLSG project.

 

TRANSCO CLSG Holds Kickoff Meeting with KEC International Ltd

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Abidjan, CI, Thursday, August 23, 2018: The Management of TRANSCO CLSG, along with its Owner’s Engineer, TRACTEBEL is holding a one-day kickoff meeting in Abidjan with the EPC contract KEC INTERNATIONAL LTD for the launch of the construction phase for the 225 kV Substations of Man (Cote d’Ivoire), N’Zerekore (Guinea), Yiben and Kamakwie (Sierra Leone).

The African Development Bank (AfBD) is funding the substations project for the Man (Cote d’Ivoire), Nzerekore (Guinea) and Kamakwie (Sierra Leone) while the World Bank is funding the substation project in Yiben (Sierra Leone).

The meeting will discuss a wide range of issues including project implementation, main challenges and strategies, risks and mitigation measures and detail scope of the project including the mobilization and deployment of key experts (key project staff, including HSE teams & Topographic); mobilization in countries and on the project site, strategy, planning, staff, equipment and rental of the main office and other offices on site.

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The meeting will also discuss the overall Project Management Strategy including the consolidation of RAP data, preparation of the HSE / ESMP document, success factors and critical points and tool for measuring the progress of works as well as billing Monitoring Tool and payments. The Frequency, location and participants in meetings considering interfaces and eventual coordination with others contractors and tax clearance issues.

TRANSCO CLSG recently awarded the four substations contract to the KEC INTERNATIONAL LTD, which India’s second largest manufacturer of electric power transmission towers and one of the largest Power Transmission Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) companies in the world.

The signing ceremony took place today in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the side line of the first Bi-Annual Coordination meeting with EPC contractors who are implementing the CLSG interconnection project.

KEC International Limited, the flagship company of RPG Group is a global infrastructure Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) major. It has presence in the verticals of Power Transmission & Distribution, Cables, Railways, Civil and Renewables. The Company has powered infrastructure development in 63 countries across Africa, Americas, Central Asia, Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia.

 

Pres. Weah Submits CLSG Project Concession To Legislature for Ratification

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Culled from FrontPageAfricaonline.com

Monrovia – President George Weah Tuesday, July 10, 2018 submitted for ratification additional financing agreement for the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Interconnection Project Cote d’Ivoire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea (CLSG).

The original international Development Assistance loan (IDA) for the implementation of the regional project is SDR94, 9000,000 or US$147 million negotiated in March 2012. The amount of the project increased between the period 2012 and 2016 due to the Ebola epidemic in the Mano River Basin impasse and other economic factors.

The amount of the additional financing allotted to Liberia is US$45.3 million. This agreement was signed on December 11, 2017 and it comprises a grant of US$22.6 million and a US$22.7 million. The maximum commitment charge rate is one-half of one percent (1/2 of1%) and the service charge is greater of: (a) the sum of three-fourths of one percent (3/4 of 1%) per annum on the withdrawn credit balance with payment dates of February 15 and August in each year.

The objective of the project, according to   President George Weah’s communication, is to support government’s effort in providing reduced and affordable cost of electricity that will be efficient and reliable for the Liberian people in both the rural and urban areas.

‘’Honorable Speaker, this project when ratified will provide a range of opportunity for Liberia. Liberia can use the transmission line to transport electricity to other countries, and other concessionaires within the power line range which amounts to revenue generation.

This project is significant to our economic recovery program and I trust that the legislature will ratify this agreement in a timely manner.”

Background

Under similar project IDA Credit to the Republic of Sierra Leone: $59.57 million equivalent with a maturity period of 38 years, and a Grace period of 6 years

In additional IDA Credit, $22.66 million equivalent and IDA Grant $22.66 million equivalent to the Republic of Liberia for a West African Power Pool – Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Guinea Power Interconnection Project with Maturity period of 38 years, and Grace 6 years

IDA Additional Grant: $17.5 million equivalent to the West African Power Pool for the WAPP Interconnector Project and Integration and Technical Assistance Project

Project ID: P163033

Project description: The project will help reduce the cost of electricity supply at the utility level for Liberia and Sierra Leone and increase the amount of electricity traded among all the participating countries. It will also help increase the technical integration of the WAPP network.

 

 

 

Factory Acceptance Test underway in Spain

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Abidjan, CI, Wednesday, July 11, 2018: The Senior Procurement and Contract Management Specialist of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohamed KEITA along with the Project Engineer, Arnaud ODI are in Spain to participate in the Factory Acceptance Test and Type Test for insulators.

They are visiting Verescence, Segovia with EPC Contractors, KALPATARU and ELECNOR & EIFFAGE JV and Owner Engineer (TRACTEBEL) to witness the testing of the insulators before shipment is made to Liberia and Sierra Leone for the construction of the Transmission Line linking Yekepa to Buchanan for the Lot 1, and Bikongor to Bumbuna & Yiben for Lot 4.

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Le Spécialiste Senior en Passation des Marchés et Gestion de Contrats de TRANSCO CLSG, Mohamed KEITA, et l’Ingénieur de Projet Arnaud ODI sont en Espagne pour participer aux Essais de Type et la Réception en Usine des Isolateurs. Ils visitent l’usine VERESCENCE à SEGOVIA en compagnie des contractants KALPATARU POWER TRANSMISSION LTD et le Groupement ELECNOR & EIFFAGE ainsi que de l’Ingénieur-Conseil TRACTEBEL afin de participer aux différents tests sur les isolateurs avant leur expédition au Liberia et en Sierra Leone dans le cadre de la construction de la Ligne de Transport reliant Yekepa à Buchanan pour le Lot 1, et Bikongor à Bumbuna et Yiben pour le Lot 4

 

Parliament Ratifies $59 Million Loan To Improve Access To Electricity

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Freetown, SL, July 11, 2018: The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 10th July 2018 debated and ratified a $59 Million financing agreement aimed at improving access to electricity supply at a reasonable cost, through an integrated power-grid widely known as the West African Power Pool project.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu recalled that he had played a role in the light of the Agreement when he served in the capacity as Executive Secretary to ECOWAS, adding that he felt personally gratified towards the integrated regional approach with the view of solving energy related challenges, cognizant of the overall objective of ECOWAS aiming at the free movement of people and goods.

The following Agreement was ratified by Parliament:

“Financing Agreement (Additional Financing for the West African Power Pool-Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Power Inter-connection Project) Between the Republic of Sierra Leone and International Development Association, Credit Number 6148-SL”.

Presenting the Agreement for ratification, the Minister of Finance, Jacob Jusu Saffa said among other things that it aims to reduce the cost of electricity supply for Liberia and Sierra Leone; construction and improvement of the electricity infrastructure in the country with high voltage transmission; including a resettlement action plan. A $59 Million loan that could be paid overtime with a minimum interest rate is aimed at improving access to electricity supply in the sub-region. He also said that the initial Agreement was signed in 2012 and that of the additional financing Agreement in January 2018; adding that Government will continue with the good agreements and abandon those they considered as “bad ones”.

Contributing to the debate, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Hon. Francis Amara Kai-Samba of SLPP described the Agreement as “laudable and non-controversial”. He said that in spite of huge investment, electricity still remains a challenge in Freetown and other parts of the country. He also referred to the Agreement as a “fine one” which aims to improve access to electricity supply at a reasonable cost in the country.

Hon. Shiaka Musa Sama, an Independent MP said that the loan is aimed at serving the purpose of electricity at a cheaper rate, adding that electricity supply should be extended to the rural communities, whilst speaking on weak project implementation and resettlement, cognizant of poor families who could not afford the services of lawyers.

Hon. Hassan Sesay of APC also described the Agreement as “non-controversial” and therefore referred to it as a good one, and that it should be embraced in its entirety because of “favourable conditions”. Speaking on the benefits of economic integration, he spoke on the need of improving energy and water supply in the country.

Hon. Bashiru Silikie of SLPP acclaimed the Agreement because it aims to reduce electricity tariff and increases access to energy in Freetown and the rural areas, with huge megawatt.

Hon. Aaron Aruna Koroma of APC commended the Government for continuing the project that had been originally signed by the past APC government.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Segepoh Solomon Thomas also acclaimed the Agreement for enjoying “unanimity and general consensus” in the House, adding that there will be no development without electricity. He also said that sustainable energy supply will encourage and attract investors who are spending a lot on running private generators.

Hon. Ishmail Sama Sandy of SLPP said that the essentiality of the Agreement could not be over-emphasized, saying that “it gladdens him because the project aims at taking electricity to the rural communities”. He also recalled that an industry collapsed in Pujehun District due to lack of electricity. Speaking on the realization of the benefits contained in the Agreement, he spoke on preservation being identified as an impediment to food security due to lack of access and sustainable supply of energy in the country.

Concluding the debate, both the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Chernor Bah and Hon. Mohamed Tunis respectively concurred to the Agreement aiming at benefiting both the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone, in respect of access to electricity supply. They also spoke on the need of consensus, dialogue, negotiation, and constructive opposition in the House.

In another development, the Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 10th July 2018 also debated and passed into law, with some amendments the Bill entitled “The Extractive Industries Revenue Act 2018”. The Act aims to provide for the coordination and consolidation of all revenues and other related matters, in the light of the extractive industries.

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