The General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif says significant progress has been made in the. construction works of the CLSG interconnection project, with an overall progress rate of 87% which was achieved at the end of August 2020. He said further progress has been made since then.
The construction of the section of the transmission line from Man (Cote d’Ivoire) through Liberia to Yiben (Sierra Leone) is almost complete. Three out of five substations in Sierra Leone and four out of five substations in Liberia have reached completion stage, the head of TRANSCO CLSG disclosed.
Addressing the 22nd seating of the company’s Board of Directors on Monday, September 21, 2020, which was held virtually due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and its related travel restrictions, Mr. Sherif said the SVC (Static Var Compensator used primarily for reactive power support and voltage control) at Man substation has reached completion stage.
He also informed the Board that the SCADA Back up on the Man site is nearly completed. SCADA is an acronym for Supervisory Control and Date Acquisition which is used to monitor and control of the plant. “Inspection of the facilities and the pre-commissioning tests have started,” he disclosed.
The General Manager furthers that while TRANSCO CLSG continues to make significant progress in the construction of the transmission line, management is constrained to push back the commissioning date of the line to December 2020 due to the adverse impact of COVID-19 on the project. He said in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, management engaged the EPC Contractors and deployed a recovery plan to ensure that the new commissioning target is achieved.
The General Manager said TRANSCO CLSG’s main priority for the rest of 2020 is to complete and energize the section of the transmission line from Man to Bumbuna and deliver electricity to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
TRANSCO CLSG will conclude the recruitment of the temporary O&M (Operation and Maintenance) operator by October 2020 for a period of six months, while also pursuing the recruitment of the permanent O & M operator.