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TRANSCO convenes 29th Board meeting in Abidjan

HIGH LEVEL BOARD MEETING

TRANSCO CLSG is holding its 29th Board of Directors meeting on Monday, December 12, 2022, in Abidjan at the company’s headquarters. Members of the Board representing the four CLSG countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will be present. The Chairman, Noumory Sidibé, Director-General of CI-Energies of Cote d’Ivoire will chair the high-level meeting.

This meeting is usually held at regular intervals to discuss progress and challenges in the CLSG project implementation, as well as policy issues within the company. The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif will deliver a major statement outlining the progress and challenges in the implementation of the CLSG project which now stands at a 98 percent completion rate across the CLSG countries.

PHOTO: 27th meeting of the Board of Directors

 

TRANSCO explains recent power outage in Kenema, Bo

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Abidjan, 07 December 2022 – The Management of TRANSCO CLSG regrets to inform the public that on November 29, 2022, at 5:18 PM, the 225/33 kV 40 MVA Transformer installed at the CLSG Kenema Substation in Tiloma tripped due to the activation of its Bulcholz Relay.

This led to the loss of stable power in the Kenema and Bo Towns which are supplied by the CLSG Kenema Substation in TILOMA.

Meanwhile, TRANSCO CLSG is currently working assiduously with the EDSA and its contractors to resolve the issue in the coming days. We would like to thank the EDSA management and the engineering team for their continued support and collaboration.

TRANSCO CLSG, therefore, assures the public of its firm commitment to providing stable and affordable power to the people of Sierra Leone and other CLSG countries.

By connecting to the CLSG grid, Liberia offers hope for Liberians – GM Sherif

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif says the government of Liberia has offered Liberians hope for a better life, improved health, and quality education, alleviation of poverty, and fostering sustainable socioeconomic development, by connecting the country to affordable and reliable electricity from the CLSG grid.

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG gave an overview of the landmark CLSG project during his remarks at the official ceremony marking the turning on the CLSG electricity in Liberia on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Mount Coffee.

He disclosed that the interconnection project far advanced with an overall progress rate of 98%. For the specific case of Liberia, the CLSG project involves the construction of five 225 kV substations and approximately 530 km of 225 kV power line running across the country from Man in Cote d’Ivoire to Yekepa in Nimba, through Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi, and Cape Mount Counties, before crossing into neighboring Sierra Leone.

Mr. Sherif said TRANSCO CLSG has completed and energized four out of five substations in Liberia including the Yekepa, (Nimba County), Buchanan (Grand Bassa County), Mt. Coffee (Montserrado County), and Mano (Grand Cape Mount County) substations. The Botota substation in Bong County, he disclosed, is undergoing pre-testing and will be ready for energization shortly.

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Mr. Sherif explained that the substations will provide Liberia the opportunity to deliver reliable power supply to communities along the CLSG line and the nearby counties. He said the Yekepa substation has the capacity to transmit electricity to Nimba, and parts of Bong County, the Buchanan substation will transmit electricity to Grand Bassa, Rivercess, parts of Sinoe, and parts of Margibi counties while the Mount Coffee substation has got the capacity to transmit electricity that can light up the entire Montserrado county. 

He furthered that the Mano substation will transmit electricity to Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, and Bomi counties while the Botota substation will transmit electricity to central, northern, and eastern parts of Liberia. The Botota substation, he revealed, also has the potential to connect with the future St. Paul River hydroelectricity expansion project that is being prepared by the government of Liberia with the support of the World Bank.

“With this achievement, Liberia now joins Sierra Leone and Guinea to enjoy 24-hour electricity as part of the larger efforts to foster regional integration and boost regional development and improve the economies of the four countries,” Sherif said.

Mr. Sherif explained that by switching on the CLSG light, the people of Liberia are offered hope for a better life, improved health, and quality education, alleviation of poverty, and fostering sustainable socio-economic development. “This is a clear manifestation of the commitment of the CLSG governments and their people to ensure this legacy project is achieved for the benefit of all Liberians and the people of the ECOWAS region,” Sherif said.

He thanked President Weah, the Government, the people of Liberia, the Presidents, and the Governments of Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Guinea for their continuous support and contribution toward the successful delivery of the CLSG interconnection Project. He also thanked the donor partners, including the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AFDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the KFW (German Development Bank), for their significant roles in mobilizing the required financial and technical resources in making the CLSG Project a reality.

Mr. Sherif paid special tribute to Minister Gesler Murray of Mines and Energy and Minister Samuel Tweh, Minister of Finance and Development Planning for their leadership role in making the project a success in Liberia.

He also lauded other ministries and agencies of government including the Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Mines and Energy, Labor, Gender, and other key stakeholders including traditional leaders, Social Protection, the various superintendents, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Traditional Chiefs, and Elders in our areas of operations, the Project Affected Persons, contractors, and subcontractors for their strong collaboration which enabled TRANSCO CSG to achieve the fundamental objective of the CLSG Project which is to interconnect the power systems of the four CLSG countries and deliver unimpeded and affordable electricity to our people.

TRANSCO Electricity will spur investments – says World Bank

World Bank asserts…. “CLSG has the power to be truly transformational for the people of Liberia.”

The World Bank has pinned its hopes on the TRANSCO CLSG power grid to drive Liberia’s future economic development, saying a lot of potential exists.

The CLSG grid, which is expected to ensure reliable and cheap access to electricity for the population, is a 225Kv CLSG power line that runs from Cote d’Ivoire to Liberia, and then Sierra Leone. It is expected to serve as an essential component in driving economic growth and spurring investment, with the manufacturing sector benefiting immensely.

“The CLSG line also constitutes the backbone of the national transmission network in Liberia and provides the means for a significant leapfrog in the electrification of the country,” said Carol Wambugu, World Bank Liberia Operations Officer, in a statement on behalf of Bank Country Manager Khwima Nthara.

“It makes it possible to bring grid-supplied electricity to remote populations and businesses that would otherwise need to wait 10 to 15 years for grid electricity. CLSG has the power to be truly transformational for the people of Liberia.”

Wambugu noted that the bank remains confident to secure the sustainability aspect of the project, for the current and future generations of Liberia.

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“The World Bank shares these objectives and remains ready to support the country’s efforts to make them a reality,” she added, while speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the CLSG substation at Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant.

The CLSG grid, which is expected to increase the LEC’s power generation capacity by 27 Megawatts — amounting to about 50% of what Mt. Coffee Hydro currently generates — comes at a time when Liberia has had relatively low levels of electricity access.

According to experts, the commissioning of the CLSG grid would help Liberia achieve its economic potential, while boosting investments, and manufacturing.

In 2020, just 27.5% of Liberia’s nearly four million population had access to electricity, with the majority of its rural population languishing without access to government-generated power, World Bank estimates. 

The Mount Coffee Hydro Power plant substation is the largest of the CLSG projects. The electricity line runs from Ivory Coast through Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone with the capacity of carrying over 200 megawatts of high voltage, affordable and uninterrupted electricity powering heavy manufacturing and production.

Story by David Yates of Daily Observer

 

TRANSCO CLSG Handovers 31 acres of teak (Tectona Grandis) plantation to Côte d’Ivoire

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Man, Cote d’Ivoire, Sunday, November 27, 2022: Within the framework of the implementation of the compensatory reforestation program under the CLSG Interconnection Project in Côte d’Ivoire, the Management of TRANSCO CLSG will officially turn over 31 hectares of reforestation plantation to the government of Côte d’Ivoire in Koua in the Facobly sub-prefecture on Monday, November 28, 2022.

According to the Reference Database studies of the Environmental Components of the project area as carried out in Côte d’Ivoire during the construction phase of the 117 km CLSG Interconnection line in the Tonkpi region (Departments of Man and Danane) an area of ​​19 hectares of forests was impacted in the corridor.

As a replacement for the area of ​​forest destroyed, TRANSCO CLSG signed in 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forest Development Society (SODEFOR) of Côte d’Ivoire for the implementation of a reforestation program of 31 Hectares of Teak. This is in accordance with national regulations and Donors’ standards for the protection of the ecosystem.

Similar reforestation activities were undertaken in Liberia (134 acres), Sierra Leone (194 acres), and Guinea (86 acres) respectively. The total hectare restored across the CLSG countries is 445 hectares. The purpose of reforestation is to mitigate the negative impact of the CLSG project on the environment.

Meanwhile, following a successful review of the activity by SODEFOR (98% success rate), TRANSCO CLSG will now hand over the plantation implemented under the ESMP of the CLSG project to SODEFOR.

“We did our best to comply with our Donors’ guidelines and to meet as much as possible the legitimate expectations of the countries,” says the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Mohammed M. SHERIF.

“The program has been an exceptional success story of the reforestation program,” says the General Manager of SODEFOR Mr. Mamadou SANGARE

Mr. Etienne BAILLY, TRANSCO CLSG Director of Project Implementation will co-chair with the General Manager of SODEFOR to hand over the plantation in the classified forest of Kouin in Facobly, near Man city.

SODEFOR is responsible for the protection of the forest of Côte d’Ivoire. Its mission is to participate in developing and implementing government policy to enrich the national forest heritage, develop forest production, promote products, and safeguard forest areas.

Liberia reaffirms financial support to the CLSG project

Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Samuel Tweah has reaffirmed the government’s financial commitment to the sustainability of TRANSCO CLSG, a transmission company that is responsible to deliver stable and affordable electricity to Liberia.

Minister Tweah made the commitment when he graced the official signing of the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) with the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at TRANSCO CLSG headquarters in Abidjan.

Minister Tweah commended the efforts of TRANSCO CLSG, the Cote d’Ivoire government, and the project funders for the project’s successful signing. “We are committed to maintaining the sustainability of the CLSG project,” Minister Tweah declared.

Minister Tweah asserted that the government of President George Weah is committed to making the LEC viable as compare to the CI Energies of La Cote d’Ivoire. He added that when President Weah took office in 2018, the CLSG project was at 18percent physical project implementation rate.

Liberia’s fiscal manager furthered that the government of Liberia has maintained significant support towards the CLSG project and that President Weah is eager to ensure Liberians receive stable and affordable electricity, especially during this dry season.

The Government of Liberia has supported the landmark CLSG project implementation from the inception of the physical implementation in 2018 to about 97% now, the finance minister disclosed, adding that the CLSG project is a practical realization of regional integration in the real sense of work. “What we now have is a framework to market energy,” Minister Tweah said following the signing of the TSA between Liberia and TRANSCO CLSG.

He thanked the donors including the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and the German Development Bank and other key stakeholders for their unrelentless role in making the CLSG project a reality.

Under the Weah-led government, and as part of efforts to cover the entire Liberia, the Government, through donor funding added one more substation at Botota in central Liberia. Liberia has substations in Yekepa, Monrovia, Buchanan and Mano, all of which have been energized by TRANSCO CLSG.

In a related development, TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif thanked the Liberian government for joining the TRANSCO CLSG train. He said the CLSG framework is a model that is working.

Mr. Sherif described the agreement as a significant step toward developing an energy market that will foster regional growth and strengthen the economies of the CLSG nations, guaranteeing that the people of the four countries have access to reliable and reasonably priced electricity.

“We are thrilled by this landmark achievement in the CLSG project implementation. Today’s signing event means Liberia has sealed the deal to receive the electricity that Liberians have hungered for years. The signing of the PPA and TSA for stable electricity could not come at the right time as Liberia enters the dry season, during which the country is faced with a major energy deficit,” Mr Sherif exerted.

The General Manager further applauded His Excellency President George Manneh Weah, the government, and the people of Liberia for coming on board the TRANSCO train and setting the pace for the people to enjoy 24-hour electricity during this dry season and onward.

“The signing of the PPA and the TSA by Liberia marks the beginning of trading on the CLSG line, and we are proud as Liberia now joins Sierra Leone and Guinea to enjoy 24-hour electricity, a reality of Cote d’Ivoire delivering quality, stable and affordable electricity to the respective CLSG countries. We achieved this historic victory based on cordial relationships and collaborative efforts with every stakeholder involved in the CLSG project,” GM Sherif said.

The General Manager acknowledged the support of the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and German Development Bank, the governments, and other stakeholders for their vision and support given to this CLSG project.

Moni Captan, the chief executive officer of Liberia Electricity Corporation and the signatory on behalf of the Liberian government, expressed his hope that Transco CLSG would increase its transmission capacity by putting in place the second circuit of the transmission line, which is crucial for supplying future energy demands. Mr. Captan assured that LEC has the capacity to fight power theft in the system in order to increase more revenue.

According to Mr. Captan, the signing of the TSA was made possible by the realization of the 225kv CLSG Transmission line that interconnects the electricity networks of La Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. This critical infrastructure paves the way for further integration of the West African Power Pool countries in the formation of a regional energy market.

Liberia signs the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cote d’Ivoire

The Director General of CI-ENERGIES, Mr. SIDIBE Noumory, along with his counterpart from the CIE, representing Cote d’Ivoire, have signed the power purchase agreement between Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia on Friday, October 21, 2022 on the 20th floor of the Sciam Building in Plateau. Mr. Monie CAPTAN, Acting Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) signed for Liberia.

In his opening remarks, the Director General of CI-ENERGIES said the PPA contract signing with Liberia is part of the electricity interconnection project between Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea aimed at consolidating the foundations of strong and sustainable energy cooperation for the well-being of the populations of the CLSG countries.

He expressed delight that the long negotiation process has yielded good news with the signing of the PPA by Liberia. This, he disclosed is result of cordial collaboration among the teams of CI-ENERGIES, the CIE, the partners of the West African Power Trading System (WAPP), the Regional Authority of the Electricity Sector (ERERA), TRANSCO CLSG and International Financial Institutions.

Director General of CI-ENERGIES, Mr. SIDIBE Noumory signs the PPA

He emphasized that the PPA contract signing with Liberia, comes after those of Guinea and Sierra Leone, all inspired by the leadership and political will of His Excellency the President of the Republic, Alassane OUATTARA, to make Côte d’Ivoire the energy hub of West Africa.

The ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa COULIBALY, with the presence of his counterpart of Liberia, Minister Gesler Murray and His Excellency Willye MAI KING, Ambassador of Liberia to Côte d’Ivoire.

Meanwhile, Liberia will sign the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) on Wednesday, October 26, 2022. The event will be held at the TRANSCO CLSG headquarters in Abidjan. Mr. Monie Captan, CEO of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) will sign the agreement with TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif.

Liberia’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Mr. Samuel Tweah will grace the ceremony along with his colleague Minister Gesler Murray, Ministry of Mines and Energy of Liberia.

Liberia’s Finance Minister to grace TSA signing in Abidjan

Liberia’s Minister of Finance, Samuel Tweah will grace the high-level event marking the official signing ceremony of the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) between Liberia and TRANSCO CLSG on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in Abidjan.

Minister Tweah will join his colleague, Gesler Murray, Minister of Mines and Energy of Liberia at the headquarters of TRANSCO CLSG where the ceremony will be held. Mr. Monie R. Captan, CEO of the Liberia Electricity Corporation will sign for Liberia while the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif will sign for the company which will transport stable and affordable to Liberia.

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Liberia prepares to connect to the CLSG grid

Liberia has one of the lowest electricity access rates in the world, with only about fewer households connected to the national grid. Less than 15 percent of the population in Monrovia has regular access to electricity and it’s even troubling for the population in the rural areas.

However, the country’s unwavering quest to connect to the West African Power Pool TRANSCO CLSG interconnection line for stable and affordable electricity for its citizens will soon become a reality as the country prepares to sign all commercial framework documents with Cote d’Ivoire, which supplies the electricity, and TRANSCO CLSG, which transports the energy.

The Government of Liberia is working closely with TRANSCO CLSG, development partners and Cote d’Ivoire to undertake measures to rebuild the country’s electricity infrastructure and improve access to electricity for its population.

 Minister Murray – Photo by Sidiki Trawally

Liberia’s economy is severely constrained by a lack of access to reliable and affordable electricity. This makes electricity the single largest component of operational expenses in Liberia for businesses. The government has identified the lack of reliable and affordable electricity, along with a poor road network, as binding constraints to the country’s growth.

The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), a state utility company continues to restore limited electricity to parts of Monrovia in recent times, particularly to many larger facilities such as hotels, restaurants, and office buildings, which normally depend on the use of privately-owned generators to supply electricity to their premises.

The Mount Coffee hydro plant could enable Liberia to export electricity to the West Africa Power Pool project (WAPP) inter-connection grid, which has been constructed and ready to electrify the country once the government concludes the signing of commercial frameworks papers with Cote d’Ivoire and TRANSCO CLSG, which is already connecting the towns in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The TRANSCO CLSG is a multi-donor-supported project intended to increase electricity access for the rural communities in border regions of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.  Some major population centers along Liberia’s borders, such as the city of Ganta and its surrounding towns, are already electrified by the WAPP cross-border project.

Liberia is yet to sign the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA), but according to the Minister of Mines and Energy, Mr. Gesler Murray, the government is doing everything to ensure these documents are signed within 60 days to improve people’s access to affordable and reliable electricity.

Minister Murray attended the high-level Steering Committee meeting of TRANSCO CLSG project in Abidjan where he held fruitful discussions with Ivorian authorities including his counterpart of Cote d’Ivoire and TRANSCO CLSG Management on the way forward to ensuring that Liberians get access to reliable electricity. He noted that energy is very important for development and so it is incumbent on all sovereign states to provide affordable and reliable electricity to all.

Minister Murray reechoed Liberia’s full commitment to the CLSG project and to other regional and global energy development frameworks. He said Liberia plays a greater part of in the low usage of the CLSG line despite making greater contributions over the years to the CLSG project. He assured that Liberia will remain supportive of the project and shall continuously deliver such support.

Minister Murray apologized for Liberia’s delay in signing the key framework agreements due to tight fiscal space of the Government and coupled with other related challenges. However, he expressed commitment on behalf of Liberia to increase the use of the CLSG line. The Minister added that Liberia also supports regional economic development and integration of ECOWAS countries.

He acknowledged the role of the development partners including the World Bank, African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the German Development Bank (KfW) in making the CLSG project practical. He encouraged member countries to strengthen existing bond to implement such a great energy project because of common problems and issues the region is faced with.

Minister Murray emphasized that the CLSG regional collaboration is further necessary because of the significance of shared resources and shared destiny as everyone yearns for as prosperous African nations.

“Liberia is happy,” Minister Murray disclosed and added that the country looks forward to reviewing the recommendations from the TRANSCO CLSG Implementation Committee meeting. “We (the government and people of Liberia) want to see TRANSCO CLSG commercially viable for the interest of all.

In related development, the CEO and Chairman of Board of Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Mr. Monie R. Captan also held talks with Ivorian authorities on the energy issues and according to him, there is high prospect for Liberia in the energy sector.

The new LEC Boss was in Abidjan recently along with the Minister of Energy for the high-level TRANSCO CLSG Steering Committee meeting held under the auspices of the West African Power Pool (WAPP).

While in Abidjan, Mr. Captan along with Minister Murray visited the headquarters of TRANSCO CLSG and met with the General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif. Discussions were fruitful. Both men reiterated Liberia unwavering commitment to the CLSG interconnection project. They discussed issues that are equally beneficial to TRANSCO CLSG and LEC, principally Liberia’s connection to the CLSG line.

The Management of TRANSCO CLSG recently applauded the Liberian Government’s decision to allocate $14M (USD) through the recast budget for 2022 towards efforts to improve access to stable and affordable electricity in the country. TRANSCO CLSG welcomed the bold move and acknowledged the efforts of the government’s action as a renewed commitment of the people of Liberia through their government, led by His Excellency President George Manneh Weah, to tackle the energy delivery issues in the country.

The appropriation was passed by the National Legislature and signed into law by the President. Liberia is expected to sign all commercial framework documents including the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cote d’Ivoire and the Transmission Service Agreement with TRANSCO CLSG, which will pave the way for the delivery of light to millions of Liberians who are patiently awaiting the electricity.

Liberia has been without a stable, reliable, and affordable electricity for years, something many individuals believe have hampered growth of the country’s economy. However, with government’s preparedness to connect to TRANSCO CLSG transmission line, expectation is high that once again Liberians will enjoy stable electricity.

Guinea assumes chairmanship of Steering Committee

The Minister of Energy, Hydraulics and Hydrocarbons of Guinea, Mr. Ibrahima Abé Sylla has been appointed the new Chairman of the Steering Committee of TRANSCO CLSG Interconnection Project by his colleagues from Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The designation of the new Chairperson of the Steering Committee (SC) which is the highest decision-making body of TRANSCO CLSG, was approved in accordance with the international Treaty and the IPA guiding the operations of the TRANSCO CLSG Interconnection Project.

The appointment of the new Chairman of the Committee was done at the just-ended high-level Steering Committee meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Mr. Sylla succeeds the Ivorian Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa-Coulibaly, who chaired the meeting.

The designation is done in alphabetical order. The next country to assume the role is Guinea, followed by Liberia and then Sierra Leone.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be hosted by Guinea on November 25, 2022. The outgoing Chairman expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve the role.

Also attending the high-level meeting were Mr. Gesler Murray, Minister of Mines and Energy of Liberia and Alhaji Kanja Sesay, Minister of Energy of Sierra Leone.