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PPAs, TSAs Crucial for CLSG Project Implementation

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The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif has underscored the significance of the Power Purchase Agreement and the Transmission Service Agreement as condition for the company’s viability. He said the signing of these agreements is so significant for the CLSG project implementation.

Mr. Sherif emphasized that TRANSCO CLSG has been mandated to implement the CLSG project and that in order to make the company viable and put it in the position to pay back all the loans, there should be trade through a Commercial framework, which will serve as the basis of this trade.

He told authorities in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea at the just concluded Commercial Framework meetings held in those countries to discuss and validate the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the Transmission Service Agreements (TSA), that the signing of these agreements is a crucial condition for disbursement of fund by the donors.

“Without completing this process, we cannot receive any funding for the CLSG project,” he cautioned.

Mr. Sherif informed the authorities including representatives from the Ministries of Energy, Finance and Development Planning and national utilities that TRANSCO CLSG is almost completing the bidding process.

“We are at the stage now that our bidding is way advanced. In the month or two, we will begin to sign contracts with the contractors, but we have to pay advances to these contractors. If we cannot complete this process, the donors will not disburse the fund and the contractors will not commence work and if they can’t, then the project will not go forward. And then we have no CLSG project.”

The stage is very high, he stressed and urged the relevant stakeholders to ensure the signing of these crucial agreements. “It is in our own interest that we move this process forward and ultimately we can have a successful project implementation and completion.”

Mr. Sherif said the PPA and the TSA process is a product of relentless effort of the relevant stakeholders. “We all came together over the course of two years to discuss, agree and endorsed the Term Sheets as well as the Master Form contract.”

According to him, a significant part of the agreement has been endorsed by all parties and it’s a question of validating them and discuss the price mechanism.

He furthered explained that the Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) electricity networks interconnection project involves the construction of a 1,357-km-long double circuit high voltage (225 kV) line to connect the national networks of the four countries. The construction of this line is part of the backbone of the Mano River Union countries and the priority projects of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Master Plan.

The General Manager said the project will help establish a dynamic electric power market in the West African sub-region and secure power supply for participating countries which have a comparative advantage in importing power rather than producing it at high costs using their national systems. The project will be implemented over the 2014-2017 period.

The direct beneficiaries of the project are the residents of its impact area (24 million inhabitants) who will have reliable electric power at competitive cost. The project will raise the average electricity access rate in the four countries. The increased electricity access will generally contribute to improving the welfare of the beneficiaries and lead to the development of social and income-generating activities.

The General Manager also explained the essence of the Commercial Framework meetings. He said the power purchase agreement (PPA), or electricity power agreement, is a contract between two parties, one which generates electricity (Cote d’Ivoire) and one which is looking to purchase electricity (the CLSG). The Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) Agreement is an agreement between the CLSG country utilities and the TRANSCO CLSG, which owns the 1,303km line from Cote d’Ivoire linking Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Mr. Sherif led a senior level delegation to these meetings which commenced on May 2, 2016 in Monrovia, Liberia. The delegation traveled to Sierra Leone on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 and later to Guinea on May 9, 2016. The General Manager was accompanied by the Director of Finance and Administration, Jigba Yilla, the Director of Project Implementation Unit, Etienne Baily and the Communication Officer, Sidiki Trawally.

For a successful outcome of these meetings, the TRANSCO CLSG management team collaborated with the Ministry of Energy of each country. Representatives from the Ministries of Energy, Finance and the National utility of each CLSG county adopted the Term Sheets in December 2014 followed by another meeting in January 2015 at which time they approved the Master form contracts of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and the Transmission Service Agreements (TSAs).

Énergie : la Guinée vers la redynamisation du secteur

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Après le lancement du projet de Transco CLSG pour la mise en œuvre du plan de gestion environnementale et sociale (PGES) et du plan d’action de réinstallation (PAR), les membres du Comité interministériel et d’installation des Comités locaux ont tenu une rencontre le mardi 10 mai 2016 dans un réceptif hôtelier de la place, sise à Conakry. Axé sur la signature des contrats d’achat-vente d’énergie entre  la Guinée et la Côte-D’Ivoire. Selon les responsables de Transco-CLSG, ce contrat va permettre à la Guinée de vendre l’énergie aux autres pays de la sous-région.

Etienne Bailly, directeur du projet de Transco CLSG, évoque les raisons de leur présence en Guinée : « nous sommes ici dans le cadre du projet d’interconnexion entre la Côte-d’Ivoire, le Libéria, la Sierra-Léon et la Guinée. Ce projet a été mis en place par les quatre chefs d’Etat à travers un traité international qui a été signé entre eux et ratifié par les quatre parlements ». Avant d’affirme que ce projet a beaucoup avancé.

Pour lui, les exigences des bailleurs de fonds approuvent qu’un tel projet doit être soutenu par un cadre commercial qui est aujourd’hui une condition de décaissement des financements qui ont été obtenus par ce projet.

« Nous sommes venus pour faire une réunion préparatoire à la signature des contrats d’achat-vente énergie entre la Guinée et la Côte-D’Ivoire, il y’aura un contrat de service de transport entre la Guinée et la société Transco CLSG. Donc, nous sommes venus pour faire le point des documents qui ont été adoptés avec la Guinée et faire quelque clarification des textes avant les dernières négociations qui devraient se tenir du 17 au 20 mai prochain.

Poursuivant, le directeur du projet Transco CLSG, dira qu’aujourd’hui rien que la semaine dernière une délégation de Transco a accompagné ici même les sociétés candidates à la construction des postes et des lignes. ’’Tous les appels d’offres relatives à la construction du poste sont lancés après un processus de requalification. Il y a eu 64 candidatures à la requalification, 33 ont été retenues et ces 33 sociétés sont aujourd’hui sur le terrain pour mieux connaitre et préparer des offres conséquentes. Cela veut dire que dans les mois à venir nous allons commencer à recevoir les offres d’ici juillet-Août. Nous allons procéder au début à la signature des contrats. Rassurez- vous que d’ici à la fin de cette année la Guinée va recevoir les machines pour commencer le travail’’.

« EDG va signer un contrat d’achat-vente d’énergie avec la Côte-d’Ivoire. Elle va demander à travers un contrat de transport à Transco de convoyer cette énergie à l’EDG. C’est pour cela qu’on est là pour que ce projet soit appuyé par les cadres de l’EDG et par les cadres du ministère des finances ».

Pour sa part, le directeur national adjoint de l’énergie et président du Comité interministériel de suivi-évaluation(CISE) du Plan de Gestion environnementale et sociale (PGES) et du Plan d’action de réinstallation (PAR), Sourakata Camara, affirme ceci : « nous sommes en train de mettre en place l’installation du cadre environnemental et il reste l’installation des comités locaux à N’Zérékoré et à Forécariah. L’importance de ce projet pour la Guinée est de recevoir l’énergie de la Côte-d’Ivoire et demain c’est nous qui allons donner l’énergie à la Côte-d’Ivoire et à la sous-région », souligne-t-il.

Il faut rappeler que ce projet d’interconnexion concerne quatre pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Guinée- Libéria- Sierra- Leone et la Côte-D’Ivoire). A travers EEEAO (système d’échange et d’énergie électrique Ouest-Afrika, ce projet vise à renforcer le réseau électrique en permettant aux populations l’accès à une énergie de qualité à moindre coût.
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TRANSCO CLSG launches Local Committees in Sierra Leone, Liberia

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Mr. Kolani makes presentation at the National Monitoring Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

TRANSCO CLSG, the regional transmission company, in collaboration with authorities in Sierra Leone and Liberia has begun activities marking the official launch of Local Committee and information and sensitization campaign for the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) in these countries.

Local committees include representatives of various sector ministries and agencies that are involved in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project at the local level including project affected persons, local leaders, women and youth representatives. The Committee represents the National Monitoring Committee in those project affected areas.

The local committee is mandated to reach out and work with TRANSCO CLSG to ensure the effective implementation of the ESMP and RAP through holding meetings on local matters and make report to the National Committees.

The Committee is also mandated to promote the involvement of local stakeholders in the implementation of the project taking into account the concerns of people affected by the project. The role of the committee is very crucial in the overall sensitization campaign of the CLSG project.

Each local committee has its terms of reference which set out its responsibilities. The setting up of these local committees in each CLSG is part of TRANSCO CLSG’s commitment to be transparent in the implementation of RAP and the ESMP, says General Manager, Mohammed Sherif.

The Environmental Coordinator of TRANSCO CLSG, Pakidame Kolani is leading the process. The inauguration of the local committee in Sierra Leone will be held in Kenema on Thursday, May 19, 2016, to be followed by the launch of the information and sensitization in Tiloma village, Kenema District.

Mr. Kolani will then travel to Liberia where he will conduct similar activities in the port city of Buchanan on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

All local committee activities will be preceded by a meeting of the National Monitoring Committee which will discuss and approve the ToRs of the local committees.

GM Extols Board, Staff for Resilience

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Photo: The Chairperson of the Board, Mr. Amidou Traore (7th from left) with Board members and TRANSCO CLSG management and staff

The management of the regional transmission company, TRANSCO CLSG extends its gratitude to the Chairperson and members of the Board of Directors for their invaluable support towards the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project.

“Your willingness is clearly demonstrated by the invaluable support shown to TRANSCO CLSG by the governments and the national utilities in the CLSG countries. We are grateful for such a great support,” General Manager Mohammed Sherif said in his remarks at the just ended 8th Board of Directors meeting held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Mr. Sherif furthered: “You have made it possible for this dreamed project to soon become a reality when we construct the line to provide reliable and affordable electricity to millions of our people in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.”

He also acknowledged the resilience and the efforts of his team that has made it possible to achieve key deliverables in 2015 on the project implementation and institutional functions.

In his update to the Board, Mr. Sherif said TRANSCO CLSG has completed key project studies, reviewed the procurement strategy, concluded the procurement plans for all donors, prepared the pre-qualification documents and launched the bidding process in December 2015.  “We have also launched the bid for the Owner’s Engineer Phase 2 and currently concluding the process.” The process is expected to be finalized in April 2016.

He informed the Board that in collaboration with authorities in the CLSG countries, the transmission company officially launched workshops on the environmental and social safeguard activities to put in place a comprehensive framework to implement the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESPM) and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP).

“In this vein, I’m delighted to inform you that by the end of 2015, the Right of Ways (RoW) were delivered in all the four CLSG countries. In addition, National Committees were set up in three CLSG countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. We are currently working with authorities to conclude the launch in in Côte d’Ivoire.

TRANSCO CLSG also undertook activities required to build the Company as a reputable international organization. The Company successfully established Country and field offices in the CLSG countries. TRANSCO CLSG, with the invaluable support of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, through CI-ENRGIES and the Board, was able to acquire a building that is being used as its permanent Headquarters in Abidjan.

“We remain resolute in building on the success of the previous year by accelerating the implementation of the CLSG project with a shared passion and commitment to succeed. We are very confident that with the same support and commitment from the CLSG countries, donors and key stakeholders including you, we will break the ground and start the construction works in 2016,” the General Manager emphasized.

Before they started proceedings, the Chairperson and members of the Board observed a moment of silence to honor those killed in the Grand Basam attack on March 13, 2016.

TRANSCO CLSG PROJECT ON COURSE: Eyeing 2018 for Powering of First Grid

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Rodney D. Sieh, rodney.sieh@frontpageafricaonline.com

ABIDJAN –  TRANSCO CLSG is making a strong push to consolidate electricity amongst four West African nations – Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea by 2018.

Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States met a decade ago and agreed to develop a regional electricity market. The plan is making inroads, according to Etienne Bailly, project director at Transco CLSG. “What we are anticipating is that by June of this year we will have the contractors on board and by 2018 we will commission the line.”

He said TRANSCO CLSG, the regional transmission company that is leading the multi-million donor funded power project plans to do a sequential commissioning. “This means that we are not waiting for all the lines to be completed before we energize. For example, he said the transmission line from Yekepa to Buchanan, when completed would be energized.

There is also a rural electrification component of the project for people in the rural areas including villages and towns to receive electricity. “We are pushing for 2017 to realize that.” Bailly says as soon as the bidding process is concluded, contractors would be hired to immediately begin construction activities in the CLSG countries.

Electricity has been a major hindrance to development in West Africa and many see the emergence and consolidation of resources among Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea that could mark the start of a rapid transformation of the economies in those countries as West Africa’s regional body pools resources to establish an electricity market that will end the blackouts, which have blighted its 15 member states for decades.

TRANSCO CLSG was set up by West African Power Pool (WAPP) to develop a 1,303 km (807 miles) interconnection line from Côte d’Ivoire to Liberia linking Sierra Leone and Guinea. A master plan to address the energy deficit in the post-conflict countries was put together with the aim to create a regional electricity market. The region currently produced 10,000 megawatts of electricity and had 4,000 km of transmission lines, but needs 26,000 megawatts of generation capacity and 16,000 km of connection lines to plug the power deficit.

Recently, the TRANSCO CLSG management launched bids for the transmission line under the World Bank and European Investment Bank Package, following which a team of TRANSCO CLSG staff accompanied pre-qualified international contractors on a site visits to the various transmission line project sites in Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively.

The initial site visits to Liberia took the team to Yekepa, Buchanan and Mano, while in Sierra Leone, the team visited Bikongor, Bumbuna and Yiben.

Detail of areas visited:

EPC-TL-WB/EIB-04 – Lot 1: 225 KV TL Yekepa (L) – Buchanan (L) (229 km, financed by WB); EPC-TL-WB/EIB-04 –

Lot 2: 225 KV TL Buchanan (L) – Monrovia (L) – Mano (L) (219 km, financed by WB); EPC-TL-WB/EIB-04 –

Lot 3: 225 KV TL Mano (L) – Kenema (SL) – Bikongor (SL) (211 km, financed by EIB); EPC-TL-WB/EIB-04 –

Lot 4: 225 KV TL Bikongor (SL)-Bumbuna (SL)-Yiben (SL) (219 km, financed by EIB).

The missions were conducted simultaneously by two teams – one to Liberia headed by the Director of the Project Implementation Unit, Mr. Etienne Baily, and another team to Sierra Leone headed by the Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Jigba Yilla. Similar visitations to Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire are being planned. Prior to the site assessment tours, TRANSCO CLSG held a crucial pre-bid meeting with company (ies) that have already acquired the tender documents at the TRANSCO CLSG headquarters in Abidjan.

The TRANSCO CLSG team along with pre-qualified contractors toured several corridors already marked for the construction of transmission lines and sub stations. Mr. Mohammed Sherif, the General Manager of TRANSCO CSLG said, he has been impressed with the progress so far. “We have moved significantly with the project. The last time we spoke we were in the process of prequalification – to prequalify contractors and commence actual work with transmission lines, sub-stations. We are now in the process of hiring the engineers that will be responsible for the supervision of the construction.”

According to Sherif, the World Bank and the African Development Bank have provided no objection to make sure the project goes into full gear.” According to him, contractors who are supposed to build the transmission line in Liberia and Sierra Leone have been prequalified. Out of fifteen, he said, nine firms were selected for the transmission line project in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Added Sherif: “It is the same for the sub-stations. We have pre-qualified contractors for the sub-stations in Sierra Leone and Liberia. He said meetings between TRANSCO CSLG and the Liberia Electricity Corporation, have been productive and both parties are on the same page. The meeting, he said was intended to move the process forward, to coordinate and to see how best LEC and TRANSCO CLSG plans can be integrated.

Sherif says the CLSG project will build four substations (possibility of fifth substation) in Liberia with one situated at Mount Coffee. According to him, the technicians who visited the corridors assessed the challenges and are fully aware of the terrains. Fortunately, from the feedback “we are getting, the technicians have found this visit fruitful.” He said the contractors are confident that they would handle those challenges in the project implementation.

“There aren’t too many rivers, just mere bushes that can be easily brushed. Fortunately for Liberia, most of the places our transmission lines will pass, largely affects rubber trees along the track toward Firestone where we will be doing most of the work. Of course coming toward Kakata there will be people who will be affected; but around Ganta, there will be about 112 households that will be affected. So it is a good news for the project. Contractors are appreciative of what they saw.”

Sherif disclosed that the issue of the Ebola remains a major concern for the contractors, but that TRANSCO CLSG is making sure contractors concerns are addressed properly in order to ally their fears.

Liberia has been declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization, however some of the contractors raised the issue of fear for their security. “We are making sure our contractors safety remains a top priority while they do their work.” Sherif assured.

TRANSCO CLSG Celebrates Women’s Day, Reaffirms Support for Gender Equality

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March 8th each year marks the International Women’s Day. The event has marked the plight and achievements of women for more than a century – but is now looking ahead another 15 years to the world’s gender equality goals. The theme for this year celebration is “Planet 50-50 by 2030” and the United Nations-backed event will be celebrating women’s rights worldwide.

TRANSCO CLSG, a regional transmission company joins the world to celebrate this very important day, reaffirming its support to Gender equality. On today, March 8th, the management of TRANSCO CLSG held a celebratory program for all its women employees at the company’s headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The event was characterized by cheers, sharing of food and brief remarks from senior management including the Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Jigba Yilla who extoled the women for hard work and dedication to running the day-to-day activities of the company. The Director of the Project Implementation Unit, Mr. Etienne Baily also praised the women and said TRANSCO CLSG would not have achieved the milestones without the involvement of its female staff.

Madam Marie Chantel Niambi, Social Safeguard Specialist spoke on behalf of the women. She recognized the stance of management in recognition of gender equality. She challenged her colleagues to work hard and make sure their efforts yield the much needed results for the company, which is deliver the cheap, affordable and reliable electricity to the people of the CLSG – Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Energy Minister Reaffirms Salone Full Support To CLSG Project

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Monday, 29th February 2016 – The Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Henry O. McCauley says the government and people of Sierra Leone will do everything possible to ensure the successful implementation of the CLSG interconnection project.

Ambassador McCauley said energy integration among the countries that constitute the CLSG including Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea remains his country’s top priority. He said with cheap, reliable and affordable electricity, there will be economic boom for the countries.

The Minister reassured the TRANSCO CLSG of Sierra Leone’s unwavering commitment to the project. He challenged the management to make sure the CLSG project happens, so that the citizens who are eagerly waiting can begin to enjoy from it.

Recently, the Minister formally invited the management of TRANSCO CLSG to a technical coordination meeting with his ministry to discuss the domestication of West African Power Pool (WAPP) Electricity Network. The meeting was crucial because it is in line with TRANSCO CLSG strategy of coordination with CLSG countries to enable a harmonized integration of the CLSG line with the national network.

The Sierra Leone Ministry of Energy said it is in the process of developing its National Electricity Grid Master Plan, a process that is now at a critical stage where such a meeting with TRANSCO CLSG and other national stakeholders including EDSA, EGTC, the Regulatory Agency and Bumbuna Project Team was needed to enable it make informed decision.

Mr. Etienne Bailly, Director of the Project Implementation Unit of TRANSCO CLSG and the Engineering Coordinator, Eric Achi represented the company at the meeting. The consultation meeting came at a time when TRANSCO CLSG is concluding bidding activities before awarding contracts to qualified firms for the launch of construction activities of the transmission line and sub stations under the CLSG project.

At the meeting, several crucial issues pertaining to the effective implementation of the CLSG projects were discussed including concerns raised about customs clearing activity in Sierra Leone and other CLSG countries. The meeting agreed that urgent steps must be taken to fix the system to enable contractors clear their equipment and other materials with expediency.

Minister McCauley is expected to convene another meeting shortly with relevant stakeholders including his Ministry, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Foreign Office, Sierra Leone Revenue Authority (SLRA), TRANSCO CLSG, WAPP (West African Power Pool) to further discuss those concerns and address them.

Minister McCauley is credited for spearheading the launch of the much needed component of the Sierra Leone’s Rural Electrification of the CLSG energy network at the African Development Bank in Freetown. At the time, he stressed President Ernest Koromo’s Agenda for Prosperity, noting that the energy sector is still a priority.

He said electricity remains the cornerstone of development in any country as it is just unavoidable in all facets of life. Minister McCauley asked Sierra Leoneans not to politicize electricity which he said is the leading development initiative undertaken by the government. He further appreciated the effort of the African Development Bank, West African Power Pool, ECOWAS and other stakeholders for the CLSG project.

The energy network of the CLSG entails the construction of a 1,303 km transmission line with a double circuit high voltage of 225kV. The network is for four countries – La Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The project brings an added social and economic aspects of electricity supply, and it will help fosters trade development among states.

TRANSCO CLSG to participate in crucial energy meeting in Salone

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In a formal invitation letter addressed to the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, the Ministry of Energy of Sierra Leone is requesting a technical coordination meeting with the regional transmission company to discuss the domestication of West African Power Pool (WAPP) Electricity Network.

Mr. Etienne Baily, Director of the Project Implementation Unit of TRANSCO CLSG and the Engineering Coordinator, Eric Achi will represent the company at the meeting. The team departs this weekend to Freetown, Sierra Leone where the technical meeting will convened.

The consultation meeting comes few months to the official launch of construction activities of the transmission line and sub stations under the CLSG project.

The meeting is also crucial because is in line with TRANSCO CLSG strategy of coordination with CLSG countries to enable a harmonized integration of the CLSG line with the national network.

The Ministry of Energy in Sierra Leone says it is in the process of developing a National Electricity Grid Master Plan, a process that is now at a critical stage where such a meeting with TRANSCO CLSG and other stakeholders is needed to enable it make informed decision.

The CLSG project, on course for effectiveness

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Abidjan – The interconnection energy project within the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) framework has taken important steps toward its effectiveness during the past weeks. The sub-regional interconnection project referred to as CLSG project, or the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea project, remains on course for implementation.

TRANSCO CLSG, a special Purpose Company (SPC), has been established by the four countries and is responsible for the financing, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of the interconnection CLSG Project.

TRANSCO CLSG recently organized a four-day meeting at the Palm Club Hotel in Abidjan from the 9th to 12th of December 2014 to discuss a commercial framework of the CLSG Project. Finalization of this framework is one of the conditions precedent to the effectiveness of the CLSG Project.  Legal and power trading experts attended the meeting from the various power utilities of the CLSG countries including Cote d’ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The delegates discussed and negotiated the adoption and endorsement of the commercial Termsheets for power purchase (PPAs) and transmission service agreements (TSAs). Following the four-day of deliberations, the stakeholders worked on the finalization of these termsheets and unanimously endorsed them.

In his welcome remarks, the General Manager (GM) of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif who chaired the meeting challenged the stakeholders to work hard in guaranteeing the seamless operation of the invaluable energy project by endorsing these termsheets. The GM noted that signing the PPAs and TSAs are conditions precedent to first disbursement of funds and as such due diligence must be taken to conclude the necessary discussions leading to negotiations and execution of the PPAs and TSAs.

Mr. James Schmidt, the independent Consultant, who supported the preparation of the project commercial framework participated in the meeting. His presentations on an Overview of the Terms of the Transmission Service and the Power Purchase Agreements were discussed and agreed upon by all delegates.

The presentation on the TSAs underlined issues on coordination of transmission service with delivery of energy under the PPAs, commercial responsibility for electricity losses- under different operating scenarios, metering, billing and payment guarantees among others. The meeting reaffirmed that the initial Term of the Power Purchase Agreement will be 10 years from Commercial Operation Date of TRANSCO CLSG’s transmission system.

TRANSCO CLSG’s GM Mohammed M. Sherif, thanked the delegates and acknowledged the signing of the termsheets has pumped fresh synergy into the interconnection project. “I have the passion and commitment to succeed…,” he emphasized and called for solid stakeholders’ support to keep the CLSG project on track for success. In return, delegates assured the GM of their unwavering supports and commitment to move the project forward.

The delegates also registered their appreciation to  TRANSCO CLSG for organizing the consultation meeting which showed high commitment in fast tracking of the project preparation to facilitate the expedient implementation of the CLSG Interconnection Project. They expressed their profound gratitude to the People and Government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, particularly to His Excellency, Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic, for the warm hospitality enjoyed by participants during their stay in Abidjan.

Meanwhile, Cote d’Ivoire (CI) Energies has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to making available 83 MW on the CLSG Interconnection Line. Each country will take 1/3 of this amount.

CLSG Headquarters Agreement

In a related development, the TRANSCO CLSG headquarters (HQ) agreement has been signed with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire on December 3, 2014. The agreement was signed by Mr. Amadou Diallo, Secretary General of WAPP on behalf of TRANSCO CLSG and Mr. Charles Koffi Diby, Minister of Foreign Affairs signed for the Government of Cote d’Ivoire.

The TRANSCO CLSG GM said the HQ agreement signature is another ground-breaking moment for the energy project. The agreement seals the supranational energy company’s presence in Abidjan.

Gearing Up For Project Implementation, GM Pleads with Donors

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The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, is one of the newest leading voices for sustainable and affordable energy for millions of citizens in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, countries that are beneficiaries of the multi-donor funded CLSG interconnection project.

Previously the Chief Economist of Liberia, Mr. Sherif says the delivery of affordable and reliable electricity to the people of these countries that constitute the CLSG remains a passion driven by his commitment to effectively lead the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project.

Providing updates on the current status of the CLSG project activities to donors at the opening of the two-day Donors’ Technical Coordination meeting in Abidjan, Monday, June 2, 2016, Mr. Sherif said the CLSG project is on the right trajectory. He remains optimistic that the project’s objectives would be achieved.

Adds the General Manager: “Management is doing everything to push this project forward,” he assured the donors which include World Bank (WB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the German Development Bank (KfW). Also present are representatives of the Owner’s engineer, LAHMEYER.

The meeting is discussing key issues including the status of the CLSG project – technical, procurement, environmental and social aspects; and coordination with regional projects, project development plant, rural electrification component, the Power Purchase and Transmission Purchase agreements, the ESMP and RAP, among others.

According to Mr. Sherif, expectations are very high in the respective CLSG countries. He disclosed the governments of the CLSG countries through their respective Ministries of Energy are under pressure to deliver to their citizens. Mr. Sherif also acknowledged there are challenges, but that enormous progress has been made in the project implementation.

The General Manager lauded the donors for their continuous and unflinching supports towards the development of Africa, the West African Power Pool (WAPP) activities and to the CLSG project in particular. He also called on them to help expedite activities that will move the CLSG project forward. “I want to admonish all of us to agree on a way forward, on how we can expedite the process without necessarily compromising any fiduciary responsibility.”

Mr. Sherif informed the donors that the report of the evaluation process for the Transmission line package financed by the World Bank and the EIB, which started on April 28 as planned, is being finalized. On the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), he disclosed that based on the updated line routing, the compensation strategy has been revised. “This will be a discussion point during this meeting.”

In his update on the project, Mr. Sherif informed the donors that local Committees and sensitization and awareness campaign have been launched in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in May 2016. On the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA), he said TRANSCO CLSG Management team have held meetings with CLSG countries in order to conclude the negotiations on the draft bi-lateral agreements.

“The countries subject to the negotiations of the final price, volume and guarantees for power purchase and transmission service, adopted the draft bi-lateral agreements for signature by the National Utilities,” Mr. Sherif said, adding that the agreements have been shared with donors. He said the conclusion of the PPA and TSA is the only outstanding condition to be fulfilled as they are disbursement conditions for the donors.