Press Release

TRANSCO CLSG GM URGES LEC TO COMPLETE KEY DOCUMENTS

The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG Mohammed M. Sherif is calling on the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) to move quickly and conclude all commercial framework documents to ensure unimpeded access to stable and affordable electricity through the CLSG line.

In his statement to the Board at its 27th meeting in Abidjan on Monday, June 27, 2022, the General Manager disclosed that the Power Purchase Agreement negotiations between Liberia (LEC) and CI-ENERGIES are far advanced while the negotiations on the Transmission Service Agreement with TRANSCO CLSG have been completed.

“It is our fervent hope, Mr. Chairman and Members of the Board of Directors, that LEC will come on board and complete all commercial framework documents to begin enjoying 24-hour electricity from the CLSG line.”

Mr. Sherif added: “We share the belief that the lack of access to affordable and stable electricity is a constraint to economic and national development. More electricity means more economic activities, better jobs, profitable private capital investments, increased manufacturing and technological capacity, increased food production, more innovation, better healthcare, education and better quality of life for the population. Therefore, we encourage Liberia to come on board very soon, join EDSA of Sierra Leone and EDG of Guinea to generate the required growth in the usage of the CLSG network.”

PM: Nzerekore SS the pride of Guinea

The Government of President Mamady Doumbouya is seeking an expansion of the CLSG network beyond Nzerekore and has called on TRANSCO CLSG to play a pivotal role in providing unimpeded supply of electricity to the people across Guinea.

The Prime Minister of Guinea, HE Dr. Mohamed Béavogui informed General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif about his country’s plan to extend the CLSG network beyond Nzerekore into Macenta, Gueguedou and other areas during a meeting held in Nzerekore recently.

The commercial city is currently enjoying a 24-hr electricity through the CLSG network.

Prime Minister Beavogui reiterated his government’s unwavering support to the CLSG interconnection project and that Guinea will ensure the regional transmission company is supported as it delivers reliable and affordable power supply to the people of Guinea.

He lauded the Management of TRANSCO CLSG for delivering the much-awaited electricity to Nzerekore, which is Guinea’s economic and commercial center in the country’s southeast. The Prime Minister described the Nzerekore substation as the pride for the people of Guinea and that he is impressed with the level of works done so far.

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The Nzerekore substation is currently undergoing pre-commissioning test.

While in Nzerekore, the Prime Minister and an array of other senior level Guinean government officials including the Minister of Economy, Finance and Plan, Dr. Lacine Conde, and the Minister of Budget, Moussa Cissé toured the facilities of the Nzerekore substation.

It’s Official! TRANSCO CLSG lights up Nzerekore

NZEREKORE: Its official!

Thousands jubilated as the Guinean second most populated and the largest city in the forest region, Nzerekore, received the much-awaited stable and affordable electricity from the TRANSCO CLSG power grid. The historic event happened on Saturday, April 2, 2022 when the Guinean Minister of Energy, Hydrocarbons and Hydraulics Abe Sylla switched on the lights at the Nzerekore substation located in the Bellevue district.

The city of Nzérékoré has been plunged in darkness for years but will now have 24-hour electricity from the TRANSCO CLSG grid, the Minister declared during the historic ceremony, which was witnessed by an array of Guinean authorities including the Director General of the ELECTRICITE DE GUINEE (EDG SA), Laye Sékou Camara, TRANSCO CLSG, among others.

Minister Sylla cuts the ribbon to the Nzerekore substation – Photo Credit: Varlee Daramy, TRANSCO CLSG

With a volume of eleven megawatts (11 MW) per year, the CLSG interconnection line will certainly improve energy demand in the city of N’Zérékoré and its surroundings and thus accelerate the socio-economic development of the region.

In remarks, Minister Sylla informed that public that the Guinean government has completed all commercial framework documents including the Power Purchase Agreement with Cote d’Ivoire and the Transmission Service Agreement with TRANSCO CLSG in order to improve people’s access to the affordable energy in the country’s commercial hub.

Following the cutting of the inaugural ribbon, the Minister of Energy pressed the button to switch on the light, marking history. He reiterated that from now on, the population of Nzérékoré will have power 24 hours a day. Beyond the city of Nzérékoré, several other prefectures and localities will benefit from this interconnection project (CLSG) which will cover the entire Forest and also Upper Guinea.

Minister Sylla added: “I am here today for the inauguration of the Nzérékoré substation, which will supply the city of Nzérékoré with energy 24 hours a day. What does this represent? This represents a beginning of the socio-economic development of this country, namely, this region which is an agricultural region. So having the energy on the whole of Nzérékoré, represents a big step for economic development.”

Photos: Min. Sylla (l) and Mr. Bailly address the media in Nzerekore

He furthered that Nzérékoré is not the only area that will benefit from the CLSG line, but that the government through its national utility, EDG will begin to connect Lola, Yomou, Diécké, Zebela, Beyla and 15 other prefectures and localities. “We don’t stop there. We are in the process of making a line that will be connected to the station and that will also go to Siguiri via Beyla, Kankan, Kerouané, Kouroussa. In addition, we will do the transversal ones that will feed Macenta, Guéckedou, Kissidougou and Faranah.”

Minister Sylla continued: “Let’s put all that aside, let’s look at the whole thing at the national level. We have the CLSG line that will cover the Lower Coast and Middle Guinea and the Conakry-Kankan Ridge which is under construction. All this will be inaugurated one by one. Nzérékoré, you had the honor of being first. And it will continue throughout the country.”

For his part the Director General of Electricité De Guinée (EDG), Camara Laye, congratulated all stakeholders for ensuring a successful energization of the Nzérékoré area. He assured the Guinean public that the power would be extended across the entire Nzérékore region including Lola, Dieke, Yomou and all quarters within this region.

The EDG Boss announced that reforms are underway to make this state-owned enterprise more efficient to meet the ever-growing needs of the population. He informed the people that regularly paying invoices that are now computerized.

“I am very happy to be in Nzérékoré today for this very important event. That is to say, the energizing of the city of Nzérékoré. Today we have big challenges, we have signed commitments with Côte d’Ivoire, especially with TRANSCO CLSG which will transport to us this energy that will be consumed by the Guinean population.”

The Director of the Project of TRANSCO CLSG, Etienne Bailly, on behalf of the General Manager congratulated the Government of the Republic of Guinea on meeting all effective conditions for commercial operations of the CLSG facilities.

He reiterated that the Nzérékore Substation is a strategic infrastructure that will facilitate the interconnection of the Guinea-Mali line and also supply power to the entire Nzérékore Region.

US Ambassador Urges Liberia to improve people’s access to stable electricity

United States Ambassador to Liberia, Michael McCarthy, is encouraging the Government of Liberia to complete all commercial framework documents including the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cote d’Ivoire and the Transmission Service Agreement (TSA) with TRANSCO CLSG to ensure the delivery of stable and affordable electricity to the people of Liberia.

Ambassador McCarthy along with the European Union Delegation Ambassador, the French Ambassador to Liberia, representatives of development agencies in the country and GOL jointly visited the CLSG Yekepa Substation in Nimba County recently to obtain real time information about the status of donor funded projects in Liberia.

Ambassador McCarthy and the joint delegation were impressed with the progress of the CLSG Project and encouraged the Government to fully utilize the CLSG facility thereby providing electricity access to its citizens as it is the primary responsibility of the government to provide quality services for its citizens and improved access to stable electricity for the people.

The joint delegation at Yekepa substation in Nimba County. Foto: Charles Carr, MFDP

TRANSCO CLSG Country Manager, Jerry T. Taylor led the delegation on a guided tour of the substation. He provided status update on the CLSG project implementation in the country, adding that the CLSG network in Liberia was fully energized between April to July 2021.

Deputy Finance Minister for Economic Management, Augustus J. Flomo who also accompanied the development partners on the joint tour said the field visit was intended to “come and see the dollars, and euros” which have been invested over the years by development partners.

TRANSCO CLSG Sending Stable Electricity to Bo & Kenema

TRANSCO CLSG has taken strong measures to ensure no recurrence of recent power outage incidents experienced in Bo and Kenema, as the General Manager assesses Liberia’s Mount Coffee station’s readiness to supply stable electricity to the Sierra Leonean border towns.

During live radio and television interviews in Freetown recently, the General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif, took full responsibility for the power outage problem in Bo and Kenema. He said TRANSCO CLSG management has taken proactive measures to mitigate the problem. He also assured the government and people of Sierra Leone of TRANSCO CLSG’s preparedness to improve access to electricity in the region.

Mr. Sherif said Sierra Leone or Cote d’Ivoire, which supplies the electricity through the 225kv transmission line is not the cause of the problem. He explained that the problem is with the medium power supply to the SVC and the auxiliary equipment which is housed at Mount Coffee in Liberia.

Mr. Sherif said TRANSCO CLSG management engaged the Government of Liberia and other stakeholders including Sierra Leone and the Board of Directors on the power outage issue, following which Liberia provided funding that was used to purchase two 200kv generators for the temporary solution. “Once the generators are installed, we will continue to supply through our SVC until the permanent solution is reached in about eight months,” he assured.

Meanwhile, following his engagements in Sierra Leone, Mr. Sherif traveled to Liberia during the week to assess the progress in the installation of the two 200 kVA Genset generators at the Monrovia Substation. The General Manager pushed the technicians to fast-track the installation process so that the auxiliary power supply to the SVC is guaranteed to stabilize power flow to Kenema and Bo in Sierra Leone.

He commended Liberia’s Country Manager, Jerry T. Taylor, and his team and the operators for their efficient management of the TRANSCO CLSG network, including meeting timelines of activities and the neatness of the substation.