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TRANSCO CLSG GM ON AYV TV Sierra Leone

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The CLSG interconnection project consisting of four countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has held project kickoff meetings with the Owner’s Engineer (TRACTEBEL BELGIUM) and EPC Contractors who were recently awarded contracted to build the transmission line in Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively. During one of the meetings in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif and the Project Director of TRACTEBEL sat for an exclusive interview with the AYV Television in Sierra Leone.

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TRANSCO CLSG Holds Project Kickoff meetings in Salone, Liberia

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The management of TRANSCO CLSG is convening project kick off meetings with the Owner’s Engineer and EPC contractors in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Monrovia, Liberia respectively, to discuss in detail the scope of the CLSG project and its implementation.

TRANSCO CLSG General Manager Mohammed M. Sherif is leading a senior level delegation to these meetings which started Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in the Sierra Leonean capital with all relevant stakeholders including the Owner’s Engineer (TRATABEL Belgium) and officials of the Sierra Leone Electricity Generation and Transmission Company, present. The delegation arrived in Freetown on Monday, January 23, 2017.

The purpose of the ensuing kickoff meetings is to formally notify all team members, clients, and stakeholders that the CLSG interconnection project has begun and to make sure everyone has a common understanding of the project and their roles.

“Our people are waiting to see the reliable and affordable electricity in their homes and communities. This will spur economic growth in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as well in Ivory Coast,” said the General Manager Mohammed Sherif.

The Kick-off meetings are being held In Freetown at TRANSCO CLSG Country office. The meetings continue Thursday, January 26, 2017 with JOYTI STRUCTURES LTD for the Transmission Line Lot 3, funded by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. On Friday, January 27, 2017, TRANSCO CLSG management will hold kickoff meeting with the KALPATARU for the Transmission line Lot 4 (funded by the WB-EIB 04).

The Kickoff Meeting is the first meeting with the project team including the Owner’s engineer Phase 2. Project kickoff meetings can sometime be a challenge, especially when a group of people have never worked together before. However, the first day of the TRANSCO CLSG kickoff meeting in Freetown, was characterized by a spirit of cooperation with a sustained look into the future of the project.

TRANSCO CLSG and other key stakeholders around the table including the Owner’s Engineer were assuring as they pledged to work with the EPC contractors to ensure the physical construction phase is started and completed on time.

The delegation travel to Liberia for another round of kick off meetings with the National Contracting Company (NCC) for Transmission line Lot 2 on Monday, January 30, 2017 and concludes the kick off meetings on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 with JV ELECNOR EIFFAGE for transmission line Lot 1.

Sierra Leone Approves PPA, TSA for CLSG Project

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Freetown, Sierra Leone – January 25, 2017: The Government of Sierra Leone through its utility companies including the EDSA (Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority) and EGTC (Electricity Generation and Transmission Company) has signed the Power Purchase Agreement with the CI Energies of Cote d’Ivoire and the Transmission Service Agreement with TRANSCO CLSG.

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The PPA is a contract between two parties – one which generates electricity (which is Cote d’Ivoire) and one purchasing electricity (the CLSG countries). The TSA is an agreement between TRANSCO CLSG, as the transmission company and the respective CLSG governments through their utilities.

The latest milestone concludes the Commercial Framework component of the CLSG project. The conclusion of these agreements was a major condition precedent to the disbursement of funds by donors for the EPC contracts.

In presenting copies of the Agreements to the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the acting Director General of EDSA, Alhaji Timbo reaffirmed his country’s support to making sure stable and affordable electricity comes to the people of Sierra Leone and the sub region. He said the signing of the two agreements is an indication of Sierra Leone’s unwavering commitment to the successful implementation of the CLSG project.

The visiting World Bank team headed by the CLSG Project Task Team leader, Madame Clemencia Torres de Mastle and the Management of TRANSCO CLSG were delighted and they thanked the Government and people of Sierra Leone for the breakthrough.

The World Bank Task Team leader on the CLSG project said donors are pleased with the progress made the implementation of the CLSG project. She disclosed that donors appreciate the level of commitment the governments of the CLSG countries have shown towards the successful implementation of the CLSG project.

 

TRANSCO CLSG Signs Milestone EPC Contracts

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A major milestone takes place in the CLSG interconnection project when the Management of TRANSCO CLSG starts awarding contracts to qualified international firms to kick off the construction of the 1,303km of transmission line and multiple sub stations in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

TRANSCO CLSG wishes to announce that the commencement of the multi-million energy project that will expand energy integration in the sub region, begins Friday, January 13, 2017 when the General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif affixes his signature to multiple EPC Contracts for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of 225 kV overhead transmission line in Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively.

Under the World Bank financing, the TRANSCO CLSG management will award the contract for Lot 1 transmission line which runs from Yekepa to Buchanan to the JV ELECNOR -EIFFAGE ENERGIE of Spain. Then on Monday, January 16, 2017, Management will award the Saudi Arabia based NATIONAL CONTRACTING COMPANY LTD for Lot 2 of the transmission line from Buchanan to Mano via Monrovia.

The milestone event continues Wednesday, January 18, 2017 when the TRANSCO CLSG management awards the contract for Lot 3 which runs from Mano in Liberia to Kenema and Bikongor in Sierra Leone to JYOTI STRUCTURES LIMITED of India, under the European Investment Bank (EIB) and World Bank financing. The contract for Lot 4 from Binkongor to Yiben via Bumbuna, which is also funded by the the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank (WB), will be signed with KALPATARU POWER TRANSMISSION of India on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

These signings mark one of the high points of a nearly 3-year long planning and project phase under the distinguished leadership of Mr. Sherif.

Recently, the Management of TRANSCO CLSG signed a three years’ contract with the Tractebel Engineering Belgium, in association with Mott MacDonald and IRAF to serve as the Owner’s Engineer for the supervision of the construction and guarantee period (Phase 2) of the CLSG interconnection project.

TRANSCO CLSG is a regional transmission company established by an international Treaty to build a 1,303km of transmission line and substations from Cote d’Ivoire linking Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. In few weeks, TRANSCO CLSG management will finalize and award EPC Contracts for the Transmission Line and Substations in Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea.

GM Hails Excellent Team At TRANSCO CLSG

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TRANSCO CLSG General Manager Mohammed M. Sherif wrote a special note to his staff, sharing what he and the team have accomplished during the year 2016.

The letter:

Dear Team Excellent,

I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Together we have made significant progress with the CLSG project implementation. Without your unflinching support, passion, and commitment we would not have reached thus far. Let’s keep the team spirit moving forward to the higher height.

Again, many thanks for your tremendous support and let’s keep the hope of the CLSG people alive.

His thank you note resonated with his team. He thanked the staff for their patience and hard work. He said every input from every single emplyee was valuable for the well being of the company. “You were disciplined and you were still determined to work in all the fuss and noise. I am happy to have you as part of the team.”

Mr. Sherif called on his team to work hard and show similar passion for 2017 onward to ensure the CLSG interconnection project becomes a reality. “Now that things have become smooth, I would believe that all of you would show the same passion. Such dedication is needed for the well-being of the company.”

The General Manager also recognized the employees’ willingness to take every challenge which remains admirable to him. “Please continue with what you are doing and reach for better every day.”

Also in a special statement, the General Manager assured the stakeholders including governments of Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and donors that TRANSCO CLSG’s pledge to deliver result remains unwavering.

“I am pleased to inform you that the state of the CLSG project remains on the right trajectory as we are already on the path to delivering the desired outcome – to transport the much needed reliable, affordable and stable electricity to millions of our people in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

“In keeping with our commitment to implement the CLSG interconnection project, it is our goal to kick off construction activities simultaneously in each CLSG country in 2017. To achieve this, we worked diligently to guarantee and conclude the effective implementation of relevant activities.”

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Liberia inaugurates Mt. Coffee Hydro

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has officially commissioned the newly rehabilitated Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant in Harrisburg, Montserrado County, thus steering Liberia into energy sustainability and economic growth.

She said the first phase of the electrification project will benefit 18 communities in Monrovia and its environs. The Liberian leader lauded the country’s local and international partners for the implementation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Project..

The massive rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant was initiated by the Liberian government through partnership with friendly governments and institutions including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States of America, the European Investment Bank, Germen Government, Norwegian and German governments.

The initiative will produce the supply of sustainable electricity to an initial 40,000 households in Montserrado County and rural areas. The first Turbines already tested before being switched on has the capacity of 22 megawatts.

The Mount Coffee Hydro was constructed 1966 by the administration of former President William V. S. but was destroyed during the civil conflict in Liberia.

The rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower plant is estimated at US$ 357 million and officially began in May of 2012.

The turning on of Mount Coffee Hydro project for the first time in 26 years has been billed as the biggest milestone accelerating Liberia’s economic gains and bringing life back to the streets of Monrovia.

Mount Coffee Hydro Project was of several projects including the White Plains Water Treatment Plant, the Monrovia Consolidated School System and JFK Memorial Medical Center, U.S. President Kennedy promised to President William V. S. Tubman in the 1960s.

Construction of the facility began in 1964 by the Monrovia Power Authority using Raymond Concrete Pile Company as the contractor and Stanley Consultants as the project managers. In 1966, the power company completed the initial phase of the dam and began generating electricity.

The project was finished in 1967 and named the T. J. R. Faulkner W.F. Walker Hydroelectric Power Station.

Initial generating capacity was 30 MW produced by two turbines, which was increased to 64 MW when two more turbines were added in 1973. The Monrovia Power Authority became the Liberia Electricity Corporation on July 12, 1973.

In June 1990, the government announced plans to more than double the electricity generating capacity of the project and adding a reservoir to allow more generation during the dry season.

The plans called for a new 4,000 feet dam to be built upriver on the Via River to provide storage capacity, while two 52 MW turbines would be added at the existing power generating plant. The US$300 million expansion was never begun due to the Civil War.

The dam was ransacked, and left in ruins during the civil conflict. And the future hope of Liberia’s economy was dashed. Rebel forces under the command of Charles Taylor seized the Mt. Coffee plant in July 1990, halting production and causing the dam to breach.

The ceremony was graced by several dignitaries including senior government officials, Hon. Nancy Lee, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, MCC, Borge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and Hon. Gunter Nooke,-representing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Legislators, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps, and a cross-section of jubilant citizens.

GM Visits Mt. Coffee Hydro Facility in Liberia

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December 5, 2016, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire – The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif was taken on an inspection tour of the Mount Coffee Hydro power Rehabilitation Project facility in Harrisburg by authorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), during an official mission to Liberia recently.

Mount Coffee hydro project has been identified by the Government of Liberia as the cornerstone of its objective to expand access to sustainable, affordable, and reliable electricity for its citizens. This was the General Manager’s first visit to the Project and he was impressed with the level of achievements over the last year of construction.

Mr. Sherif said the amount of work that has been achieved to include the construction of the dams and installation of generators and turbines in the Power House is remarkable. Mr. Sherif who was accompanied by TRANSCO CLSG Country Office staff, was briefed by the Mount Coffee Project site manager, Emmanuel Lawrence, on progress of the Mt/ Coffee project.

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Currently, the project has completed Phases 1 and Phase 2, and is in the advanced stages of Phase 3 (construction), with inauguration of the first power milestone planned for December 15, 2016 and full project completion targeted by end of August 2017.

A release from the Liberia Electricity Corporation said testing of the first generating unit of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant in Harrisburg began Saturday, December 3, 2016. The turbine, which has a capacity of 22 megawatts, will be tested ahead of the December 15th commissioning of the Unit,

The first phase of the reservoir impoundment (filling the reservoir with water) of the Dam Project has been completed. This exercise was successfully completed on October 19, 2016. The construction and rehabilitation of the dam has also been completed.

Seven spillway gates were rehabilitated and strengthened and the upstream cofferdams were removed, allowing for impoundment of the reservoir to 28.5 meters above sea level. The reservoir infrastructure for community access routes affected by impoundment (culverts, floating walkways, and cable ferries) were also completed in October prior to impoundment.

The downstream cofferdams were removed, allowing for the beginning of wet commissioning of turbine #1 in November 2016. Unit #1 successfully completed mechanical testing and is undergoing electrical testing. Energization of the transmission line connecting the Mt. Coffee and the Bushrod substations is targeted for early December.

Excavation of the Emergency Spillway is underway, as is raising of the spillway deck. Construction of the transmission line between the Mt. Coffee and Paynesville substations is also underway. Commissioning of turbine #2 is planned for February 2017.

The Mount Coffee hydro project is co-financed by the Governments of Norway, Germany (KfW Development Bank), European Investment Bank, U.S. Government (Millennium Challenge Corporation), and Government of Liberia.

The Mt. Coffee project began in May 2012 with the establishment of the Mt. Coffee Project Implementation Unit. Prior to its destruction, the pre-war Mt. Coffee plant had a capacity of 64 MW. The rehabilitated Mt. Coffee plant will have a capacity of 88 megawatts (MW).

 

Energy supply remains essential in the CLSG

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The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Mohammed Sherif maintains that the issue of energy supply remains an essential component that is embedded in the national growth strategy of each country in the CLSG – Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

He said citizens across CLSG, including local leaders, entrepreneurs and small business owners are patiently waiting the realization of the interconnection project that will deliver the innovation and initiative needed to make this whole transformation possible. We are poised to deliver on this mandate.

Mr. Sherif made the statement at the 11th Board of Directors meeting held in Abidjan on Thursday, November 24, 2016. In his update to the Board, Mr. Sherif said TRANSCO CLSG has made enormous progress, though there remain some challenges. However, those challenges will not hinder the seamless implementation of the CLSG project, he assured the Board.

“Our people are patiently waiting the coming of light in their various urban and rural communities. We are accelerating the process with a shared passion and commitment to succeed. Therefore, we remain resolute in building on the milestones already achieved,” Mr. Sherif said and added that the CLSG project is for the people and therefore we are committed to implementing a sustainable project that will bring development and enhance their livelihood and preserve our environment.

The General Manager also stated that the successful implementation of the project would mean Regional Integration of electricity networks; Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions, Economic Recovery and Poverty Reduction, Improving the Financial Performance and Developing Alternative Power Supply Model.

At the end of the project’s life, millions of people are expected to benefit from the electricity provided through TRANSCO CLSG  transmission line. “The future is bright, and we want to invite you to be part of this journey.”

Mr. Sherif assured that his team is very confident with the level of support and commitment from the Board, donors and other key stakeholders. “We will break the ground and start the construction works in this year.”

Mr. Sherif said the management of TRANSCO CLSG recognizes the Board’s effort, adding, “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.”

He praised the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, donors and all our 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.”

He acknowledged the resilience and the efforts of his team which has made it possible to achieve key deliverables over the year on the project implementation and institutional functions. Through their efforts, he said, TRANSCO CLSG has achieved key milestones towards project implementation.

Board Chairman Praises Members for support

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Abidjan, Thursday, November 24, 2016 – The Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRANSCO CLSG is pleased with the level of supports shown by members of the Board in the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project that links Cote d’Ivoire with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

In a brief opening remarks at the 11th Board meeting held on Thursday, November 24th, at Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Mr. Amdou Traoré acknowledged the resilience and the efforts of his Board in making sure key deliverables are met for the effective implementation of the energy project. He urged his colleagues to continue to show their unwavering support in the process.

Mr. Traoré is the Chief Executive of Société des Énergies de Côte d’Ivoire (CI-ENERGIES), the state-owned company in charge of planning and implementing investment projects in the electricity sector in Cote d’Ivoire.

Also in a statement, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mr. Mohammed Sherif said the company’s pledge to deliver result remains unwavering. “Mr. Chairman and members of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to inform you that the state of the CLSG project remains on the right trajectory as we are already on the path to delivering the desired outcome – to transport the much needed reliable, affordable and stable electricity to millions of our people in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea,” Mr. Sherif said.

He added that in keeping with TRANSCO CLSG’s commitment to implement the CLSG interconnection project, “it is our goal to kick off construction activities simultaneously in each CLSG country this year (2016).”

To achieve this, “we worked diligently to guarantee and conclude the effective implementation of relevant activities which include the bidding for the transmission line and substations, the recruitment of the Owner’s Engineer Phase 2, and the compensation to affected people under the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), among other activities, which are fulfilling conditions set by donors for disbursement of funds.”

Mr. Sherif informed the Board that TRANSCO CLSG management team organized Commercial Framework meetings with all relevant stakeholders to discuss, validate the Power Purchase Agreements and the Transmission Service Agreements, adding, “I am pleased to inform you that we have signed these bi-lateral agreements.”

He said TRANSCO CLSG has also made 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.

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Tractebel awarded Owner’s Engineer Contract

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Abidjan, Thursday, November 17, 2016 – The Global engineering and consulting firm, Tractebel Engineering Belgium has been awarded a contract by TRANSCO CLSG, a regional transmission company established by an international Treaty to build a 1,303km of transmission line from Cote d’Ivoire linking Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, today signed a three years’ contract with the Tractebel Engineering Belgium, in association with Mott MacDonald and IRAF to serve as the Owner’s Engineer for the supervision of the construction and guarantee period (Phase 2) of the CLSG interconnection project.

In signing the milestone contract to formally launch the construction phase of the CLSG project, Mr. Sherif urged the Owner’s Engineer to ensure the acceleration of the project as millions of citizens in the countries that constitute the CLSG – Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are eager to receive electricity in their respective rural and urban communities.

The signing ceremony was held at the TRANSCO CLSG headquarters in Abidjan. TRANSCO CLSG senior executives including the Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Jigba Yilla, the Director of the Project Implementation Unit, Mr. Etienne Bailly and the Senior Procurement and Contracts Management Specialist, Mr. Mohamed Keita witnessed the ceremony.

Tractebel Engineering Belgium is a global engineering consultancy company with more than 150 years of expertise in energy, water and infrastructure projects. The Owner’s Engineer was hired by TRANSCO CLSG following a rigorous bidding process which lasted for months of comprehensive evaluation.

Meanwhile, negotiation for the transmission line contract for Lot 2 (Buchanan to Mano via Monrovia) is nearing completion. Already, negotiation has been concluded on the transmission line Lot 1 (Yekepa to Buchanan).

The signing of the Owner’s Engineer Phase 2 contract is a milestone for the CLSG project.