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GM Outlines achievements in CLSG project

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The General Manager of TRANASCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif has outlined achievements and challenges in the implementation of the CLSG project in a speech delivered at the seating of the 16th Board of Directors meeting in Abidjan.

Mr. Sherif also acknowledged the remarkable efforts of his team which has made it possible to achieve those key deliverables on the project implementation and institutional functions. He said through their efforts, “we have achieved key milestones towards the project implementation.”

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Looking ahead in 2018, GM promises strong progress

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Abidjan, CI- December 28, 2017: The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif remains optimistic that with significant achievements made in 2017 in the implementation of the CLSG project, 2018 promises even more brighter future for the project.

“We are poised to conclude the procurement of the remaining EPC contractors in 2018, complete the compensation of persons affected by the project in August of 2018, and significantly advance the physical construction of the transmission line system,” Mr. Sherif assured when he addressed the 16th Board of Directors meeting in Abidjan early this month.

The General Manager recognized the invaluable role the Board played in helping these steady efforts towards achieving those crucial components of the CLSG project. “The management of TRANSCO CLSG recognizes your strong role in all this. You have clearly demonstrated your invaluable support to making sure our path was smooth. We are also grateful to donors, the governments and the member utilities of the CLSG countries for their partnership and support in pushing the CLSG project forward.”

Mr. Sherif said TRANSCO CLSG remain very confident that with the continued supports of the Board and donors, “we will construct and commission the CLSG project come December 2019.”

 

Board lauds TRANSCO CLSG Management for milestones

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The Chairman and members of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG have expressed confidence in the ability of the Management to implement the CLSG interconnection project.

Chairman Amidou Traore lauded the General Manager Mohammed M. Sherif and his team for achieving credible milestones already. “We have confidence in your ability to deliver,” the Chairman extoled the TRANSCO CLSG General Manager.

The Chairman said the Board was pleased with the significant progress already made, marked by the commencement of actual construction activities on the field by EPC contractors across the four countries – Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

TRANSCO CLSG has contracted eight out of 13 EPC contractors. All the six transmission lines contracts were concluded, and two out of the three substation contracts were also signed during 2017. These EPC contractors are currently working at the preliminary stage which includes series of key studies that are either completed or on going. The studies include soil investigations, aerial surveys, review and alignment of the line routing and factory acceptance tests.

TRANSCO CLSG also re-launched the procurement process for SCADA in Guinea, SVC at Man, and sub stations financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The contract for SVC was awarded to NR Electric, China and negotiations were concluded in November 2017. The request to authorize the General Manager to sign the contract was presented to the Board for consideration.

On the Environmental and Social Management Plan and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) front, consultants for the data consolidation and environmental baseline database have been recruited, and are currently executing their respective tasks. The NGOs for the compensation process have also been contracted. These efforts will lead to the start of compensation of persons affected by the project by early 2018.

Meanwhile, the Board has unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the General Manager until the end of the commissioning of the contract.

The General Manager assured the Board his fullest cooperation to implement the project. He thanked the Board for their explicit confidence in him to continue leading on the project. “I am honored, and I can assure you that I will do everything within my power to bring reliable and affordable electricity to our people in the subregion.”

Board appoints new Tech. Committee Chairman

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Mr. Ernest Hughes, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has been appointed as the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the TRANSCO CLSG Board of Directors.

Mr. Hughes succeeds the outgoing Chairman, Mr. Saah Mayah, former MD of LEC.

At its 16th Board and Stakeholder meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Amidou Traore announced the appointment following a unanimous vote of confidence by other members of the Board.

Mr. Hughes will now chair all Board’s technical committee meetings going forward.

The technical committee is responsible to review all technical issues relating to the implementing of CLSG projects in the four West African Countries and advise the board of directors.

Following the appointment, Mr. Hughes expressed gratitude for his preferment and promised to ensure that all technical guidelines relating to the implementation of the project are followed. “I am very grateful for such opportunity to serve as head of the TRANSCO CLSG technical committee. I will use this opportunity to ensure that all technical guidelines are followed for the success of this project”, he said.

The CLSG project aims to address the energy deficit in the ECOWAS sub-region. Predicated upon this, the Heads of States agreed to set up a regional energy policy to promote a regional energy market and pool resources.

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General Manager cites progress in CLSG project

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Monday, September 18, 2017, Abidjan, CI – The General Manager of the TRANSCO CLSG Mohammed M. Sherif says immense progress has been made in the implementation of the CLSG project.

“Mr. Chairman and members of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to report to you today progress we’ve made in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project. Since the last Board meeting of June in Liberia, we have made significant progress in the project implementation,” the Genera Manager said in his statement at the 15th Board of Directors meeting in Abidjan.

PROGRESS ON THE EPC CONTRACTS

Mr. Sherif recognized the support of the donors and authorities in the CLSG countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea towards making the CLSG project implementation a milestone. The General Manager disclosed that TRANSCO CLSG has worked diligently to conclude the awarding of EPC contracts for the transmission line and substations in the four countries.

Mr. Sherif added: “Out of the total of 13 contracts, we have signed eight, with five of those now effective. Those EPC contractors have already mobilized resources and have begun construction activities including engineering studies, aerial surveys and soil testing in the four CLSG countries. Factory Tests for the key equipment, including conductors and towers have been successfully launched and will continue to be performed all along this last quarter of 2017.”

ESMP & RAP ACTIVITIES

Mr. Sherif also disclosed that significant progress in the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) which remain one of the critical activities to the successful implementation of the CLSG project, has been made. According to him, following the approval of the compensation strategy by the management of TRANSCO CLSG and donors, consultancy firms were hired to conduct the RAP and ESMP data consolidation in the transmission line final corridor before any payment is made to people affected by the project (PAPs).

He said all the EPC contractors, particularly those whose contracts are effective are now preparing the ESMP Construction Documents which will be used to mitigate environmental, health, hygiene, safety and social negative impacts during the project implementation.

Still on the environmental front, the General Manager said the implementation of the Reforestation Program, the Environmental Monitoring Program and the RAP Monitoring Program has been scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017. The Operational Action Plan and MoU for these components were adopted by TRANSCO CLSG and the National Monitoring Committees in July and August 2017 respectively. All periodical meetings of the NMC have been held reflecting the permanent awareness of the four governments on this critical component of the project.

PROGRESS UPDATES ON AUDITS ASSIGNMENTS

On the audit fronts, the General Manager said significant progress has been made on the Internal and external audit assignments. He said the Internal Auditor is currently auditing the implementation and risk management of the CLSG Project and he has prepared an annual internal audit statement that gives an overall opinion on the adequacy of the systems of internal controls, risk management and governance at TRANSCO CLSG.

On external audit, the General Manager said the Management of the World Bank on August 28, 2017 finally approved the decision to provide an additional financing to fill the financing gaps in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Negotiations between the World Bank and authorities in Liberia and Sierra Leone along with TRANSCO CLSG have been scheduled for October 2 – 4, 2017. Following these negotiations, the World bank management will submit to the Board of the World Bank for final approval before the financing agreement can be signed.

While commending the Board committee on Audit and Good Governance for the tremendous work of endorsing the 2016 external audit report on Friday September 15, 2017,  the General Manager urged the Chairman and members of the Board to approve the external audit report for 2016, as this is a critical step in filling the financing gaps of the CLSG project.

“We are very confident that with the same level of support and commitment from you, our donors, and other key stakeholders, we will achieve our goal. We recognize your effort in all this. We owe gratitude to you for your support towards the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project. Your willingness is clearly demonstrated by the invaluable support shown to TRANSCO CLSG by governments and the national utilities in the CLSG countries.”

Mr. Sherif also thanked the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, donors and other key partners for their unwavering support and commitment to the CLSG project. “We remain confident that with the same support, the challenges ahead are far lesser.”

The General Manager also acknowledged the resilience and the efforts of his team which has made it possible to achieve key milestones towards project implementation.

 

TRANSCO CLSG Board Sympathizes with Sierra Leone

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Monday, September 18, 2017, Abidjan, CI – The Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG has expressed its deepest condolences to President Ernest Bai Koroma and the people of Sierra Leone, for the devastating mudslides and flooding that killed more than 300 people in the country’s capital.

During its 15th Board meeting today in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the Chairman of the Board Mr. Amidou Traore expressed sadness for the loss of lives and called on the people of Sierra Leone to remain strong in the wake of the tragedy.

The Board Chairman said he and his colleagues were deeply saddened to learn of the terrible flooding and landslides in Freetown. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you especially to those who lost loved ones and those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected by this incident.”

The unprecedented death toll from the landslide and flooding incident affected areas of Regent, Kamayama, Pentagon, George Brook, etc on the 14th August 2017. The Board observed a minute of silence during the meeting for the victims.

TRANSCO CLSG signs EPC Contracts for substations in Liberia

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Friday, September 15, 2017, Abidjan, CI – The Management of TRANSCO CLSG today signed another milestone EPC contract with the JV SIEYUAN & NORTHEAST CHINA INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION (NEIE) for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of 225Kv Sub stations in Liberia.

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG Mohammed M. Sherif signed the contract along with Lu Zhiguo, JV SIEYUAN & NEIE West Africa Representative for the sub stations in Yekepa, Buchanan, Monrovia and Mano.

 

TRANSCO CLSG Conducts Factory Acceptance Tests in Bahrain, India

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Abidjan CI – September 11, 2017: TRANSCO CLSG, the regional transmission company responsible for interconnecting Cote d’Ivoire with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is participating in a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the Conductors and Earthing Cables in Bahrain and India respectively.

The Director of the CLSG project implementation unit, Mr. Etienne Bailly is leading a three-man TRANSCO CLSG delegation of engineers to the two countries to ensure the equipment including cables for the construction of the transmission line contract for Lot 4 of the 225Kv Transmission Line (TL) from Bikongor to Bumbuna and Yiben in Sierra Leone, meet quality standards.

The Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) is a major project milestone in the CLSG project implementation in which the delegation will ensure the equipment design and manufacturing meets the contract or Purchase Order (P.O.) specifications.

The FAT is being jointly conducted by TRANSCO CLSG in collaboration with the responsible EPC contractors, KALPATARU, which invited TRANSCO CLSG to inspect the equipment before they are shipped to the construction site in Sierra Leone.

 

GM Seeks Coordination with OMVG Project

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The General Manager and delegation traveled to Dakar, Senegal on August 30, 2017 to meet and discuss the CLSG and the OMVG interconnection projects, with the High Commissioner of OMVG, El Hadj Lansana Fofana.

Like the CLSG project, the development objective of the OMVG for Africa is to enable electricity trade between the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal. The project will expand the West African power pool (WAPP) transmission network.

In the courtesy meeting, Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif sought collaboration with the OMVG interconnection project. He acknowledged that both TRANSCO CLSG and OMVG are working towards the same goal to connect light to the lives of millions of citizens in the sub region, therefore the need to collaborate on the technical and procurement fronts is key.

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During the meeting, Mr. Sherif provided updates on the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project.

In response, the High Commission of OMVG extoled his counterpart for the visit and for sharing updates related to the CLSG project implementation. He assured TRANSCO CLSG his company’s full cooperation in the process.

A technical team meeting on project implementation was held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 with the OMVG and TRANSCO CLSG project implementation units.

TRANSCO CLSG Director of PIU, Mr. Entienne Bailly, along with the Engineering Coordinator Erik Achi and the Senior Procurement and Contract Managament Specialist Mohamed Keita presented. Representative of the TRACTEBEL Belgium (Owner’s Engineer for TRANSCO CLSG) also attended the meeting.

GM wants WAPP intervene in accelerating electricity distribution

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Abidjan, CI – September 6, 2017: The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG is calling on the West African Power Pool (WAPP) to play a coordinating role to ensure an effective implementation of the rural electrification component of the CLSG project. This as the General Manager asserted will further ensure timely distribution of electricity to the citizens of the CLSG countries.

During a courtesy call on the Secretary General of WAPP, Mr. Siengui Appolinaire KI, in Cotonou, Benin on Monday, August 28, 2017, Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif sought WAPP intervention in pushing member countries of the CLSG to ensure their national utilities are fully ready to distribute the electricity as the TRANSCO CLSG transmission line and sub stations come online. He said there is a need for WAPP to take leadership in ensuring a synchronized approach to distributing electricity to the citizens in the four countries.

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He called for the national utilities to make this as part of their agenda, maintaining that national utility of each CLSG countries must put in place a mechanism to ensure seamless and timely distribution of electricity. Mr. Sherif wants member countries to include in their respective national strategies connection to the TRANSCO CLSG transmission line.

The General Manager also informed told the SG that donors recognized the important role WAPP can play, and that WAPP’s involvement will also accelerate the rural electrification component of the project.

“We want WAPP to challenge member countries, pushing them to ensure the distribution process is carried out timely for our people to benefit,” the General Manager urged the WAPP Secretary General.

On the Linsan Substation, the General Manager said the substation will be taken over and financed by OMVG project, a process that is being coordinated by WAPP. In view of this, the General Manager pleaded with the Secretary General of WAPP to coordinate activities between TRANSCO CLSG and OMVG to seamlessly move the process forward.

Mr. Sherif called on WAPP to play a leadership role for a broader coordination and convene a meeting with the OMVG, the Guinean authorities and TRANSCO CLSG to agree on the strategy of moving forward.

In response, the Secretary General praised the leadership of TRANSCO CLSG for achieving key milestones in the project implementation. He thanked the General Manager and delegation for the visit. The SG said he felt elated by the visit and assured Mr. Sherif and his team of WAPP’s fullest commitment to the CLSG project. He also assured the TRANSCO CLSG that WAPP will consider the General Manager’s plead and make sure it is carried out.