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Board’s Task Force in Liberia for major meeting

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Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, April 19, 2019: The Director of the Project Implementation Unit of TRANSCO CLSG, Etienne Baily, is leading a high-powered delegation of the Board’s Task Force, to Liberia to take stock of the progress of the Rural Electrification project that will be connected to the CLSG transmission line and to ensure timely availability of the Liberia Medium Voltage Network which will receive power from CLSG line.

In the same framework, the Task Force will present the outcome of the pre-feasibility studies done to develop sub connection from the Botota Substation to energize the big town in this area in central Liberia. The mission will also take opportunity of their presence to revisit the commercial framework (Power Purchase Agreement and Transmission Service Agreement (PPA/TSA).

Liberia’s Energy Minister and top management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) are also part of the discussions.

Note: Erick Achie, Engineering Coordinator of TRANSCO CLSG contributed to this information. Photos by Mohamed S. Kamara ll (king Mohamed)

 

 

Electricity is poverty alleviation, says Min. Murray

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The Minister of Mines and Energy of Liberia says electricity is poverty alleviation and wealth creation for Liberia.

Minister Gesler E. Murray, who is leading a high-powered delegation including the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs and TRANSCO CLSG County staff, to inspect CLSG project construction activities in the country, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 visited the Yekepa substation site in Nimba County. The delegation will continue to Buchanan, Mt. Coffee and Mano Substations.

In a brief remark following his assessment of the construction activity at the substation facility in Yekepa, Min. Murray, emphasized that the installation of the CLSG interconnection line will go a long in resuscitating and growing the economy of Liberia.

The Liberian Energy Minister and delegation will also tour the transmission line route to assess the level of works on the erection of towers and the stringing of the lines.

The EPC contractors for the Liberia portion of the CLSG project are UTE Elecnor-Eiffage, who are constructing the line from Yekepa to Buchanan, the National Construction Company (NCC) is responsible for the line between Buchanan and Mano, while Sieyuan-NEIE JV is constructing the four substations in Yekepa, Buchanan, Mt. Coffee and Mano. The fifth substation is in progress with the site RAP process nearing completion in Botota, Bong County.

Note: Jerry Taylor, TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager of Liberia contributed to this story

 

An exclusive VOA interview with GM in 2015

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FROM THE FILE:

On Monday, ‎November ‎2, ‎2015, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG Mohammed M. Sherif sat in an exclusive interview with James Butty of the VOA. He explained the enormous benefits the CLSG project brings to the beneficiary countries. “The impact will be very significant. We will have positive impact on productivity….” The GM said.

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Energy Minister visits CLSG project sites in Sierra Leone

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Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone on Thursday, April 11, 2019, embarked on an inspection tour of electricity facilities that are being constructed under the TRANSCO CLSG interconnection project in Sierra Leone.

Minister Alhaji Kanja Sesay together with a high-power delegation from his Ministry, the Ministries of Finance and Information and EDSA conducted a tour at various sites including the substations in Bumbuna, Bikongor and Kenema. The Minister and team also visited various areas along the transmission line corridor where stringing on towers is been done by EPC contractors, KALPATARU.

See photos by Sulaiman R. Kamara, National Environmental Assistant, Sierra Leone

 

 

N’Zérékoré substation construction kicks off

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The CLSG project implementation has got another major boost with the construction of the Nzerekore substation coming online in N’Zérékoré, Guinea’s second largest city. EPC contractor, KEC is conducting soil investigation or geotechnical investigation on site.

The development has sparked celebration in the region as men wearing orange and yellow construction jackets dig deep in the soil to determine the physical properties of the soil at the construction site. Soil investigation is a procedure that is done with the aim of establishing whether the soil is safe and solid for construction.

TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager of Guinea, Dr. Abdoulaye Keita traveled to the city and met with the Prefect (Superintendent) and all technical staff of the CLSG project implementation in Nzerekore.

(See photos by Pierre Bavogi, Social Safeguard Assistant, Guinea).

 

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GM checks on CLSG project construction activities Liberia

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Following his four-day strategic bilateral meetings with EPC contractors implementing the CLSG project in Liberia, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG on Saturday, March 30, 2019 visited two key substations including Mount Coffee and Mambo, to ascertain the level of work being done so far.

Mount Coffee substation

Mano substation

“I am very impressed. We have to keep the ball rolling,” Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif said following his assessment tour. He urged the EPC contractors to accelerate the construction activities in order to fulfill the December 2019 timeline for partial commissioning of the CLSG project.

“There is no going back. We have to implement the CLSG project…” the General Manager said.

 

Community sensitization in CLSG project affected areas

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From one village to another, TRANSCO CLSG’s Assistants in Man, Cote d’Ivoire, along with their counterpart from Liberia, Mohamed S. Kamara II, conducted series of information and sensitization meetings with persons affected by the project (PAPs) in project affected communities along the transmission line.

The goal of the mission was to inform PAPs about the commencement of works within the corridor by Bouygues from Cote d’Ivoire to the border with Liberia. This information and sensitization session was timely and also important for the PAPs and other residents in these areas including Kampala, Gouagonopleu, Kagui village, Gbangbegouine-Yati, Gortongouine, etc.

During the process, the national assistants including Anselme N’drin, Social Safeguard Assistant and Kouamé Koffi, National Environmental Assistant mobilized the communities along the transmission line and held discussion on the resettlement action plan process as well as solicit feedbacks from their audiences.

TRANSCO CLSG community sensitization has been effective in providing first‐hand, reliable information to communities. The information is also cascaded to those who could not attend the sessions. The spread of information further shapes the people’s expectations on how the CLSG project will benefit their communities.

TRANSCO CLSG has launched series of successful community outreach activities across the beneficiary countries. TRANSCO CLSG country office staff would provide consistent messages in a wide variety of materials and reinforce by interpersonal contacts with persons and project affected communities. They engage trusted authorities who can play an important role in educating families and other community members to disseminate information that counteract rumors about the project implementation.

 

GM holds Acceleration Plan meetings with EPC contractors

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The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif is chairing series of strategic meetings with EPC contractors implementing the project in Liberia in a bid to accelerate the CLSG project implementation to ensure a partial commissioning in December 2019.

In his first meeting with EPC contractor, National Contracting Company (NCC) on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Country office in Monrovia, Mr. Sherif grilled them on their slow pace and urged them to fast track the implementation activity.

“We need to have electricity in Liberia, and doing so we need to have significant speed in the implementation,” the General Manager stressed.

GM holds strategic meetings with EPC contractors

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif is holding series of strategic meetings with EPC contractors implementing the CLSG project in Liberia in a bid to accelerate the project implementation to fulfill partial commissioning in December 2019.

Posted by Transco CLSG on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

 

BACKGROUND

The Management of TRANSCO CLSG and EPC contractors held bilateral meetings in October and November 2018 to discuss the speedy implementation of the CLSG interconnection project in order to fulfil the partial commissioning of the transmission line segment from Man in Cote d’Ivoire to Yekepa and Monrovia in Liberia beginning December 2019.

The optimization of the Project schedule was discussed during the EPC bi-annual meeting held in Conakry from February 19-19, 2019. During this meeting, TRANSCO CLSG Management again stressed the importance to expedite the delivery of the above critical line segment.

As a result of these activities, TRANSCO CLSG developed an Acceleration Plan with the objective to further discuss and agree with EPC contractors, including NR Electric, Bouygues, Elecnor/Effage, Seiyuan and NCC, which are responsible for this line segment.

Already, the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG, in its 19th Board seating on Monday, March 25, 2019, approved the acceleration plan.

As the next step, a meeting was scheduled at the Liberia Country office with the objective to discuss and come out with a matrix of actions required to achieve this important milestone

 

CLSG Project on right trajectory – GM reports

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Abidjan, CI, Monday, March 25, 2019: In his report on the progress made in the implementation of the CLSG project, to the 19th Board of Directors on Monday, March 25, 2019, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif says the project remains on the right trajectory.

“Our goal to deliver reliable and affordable electricity to millions of our citizens in the four CLSG beneficiary countries is clearly becoming a reality, given the advanced stage in the implementation of the project,” Mr. Sherif reports.

Mr. Sherif adds: “I am proud to state that in spite of the many challenges experienced during the year 2018, the results achieved demonstrate that, we are firmly on course to deliver the transmission line and begin partial commissioning in December 2019.”

He said the overall progress rate of the project is 22.3 % against a forecast of 33% as at December 31, 2018. The variance is on account of several delays encountered in implementation of EPC contracts such as the transfer of land to contractors, poor performance of some contractors, delays in approval of studies by owner’s engineer leading to delays in manufacturing.

He said despite these delays, construction activities is accelerating in the four countries. Civil works is progressing and the erection of transmission towers, and construction of substations in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone continue relentlessly. Manufacturing of materials and equipment by the EPC Contractors remain on course. Majority of these equipment and materials have been delivered on project sites in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively.