Guinea takes steps to electrify Country

The Republic of Guinea has taken steps to build strong electricity network across the country that will connect to the CLSG grid through Linsan in the northern-central region of Guinea.

Guinea has already connected one of its largest commercial centers in the forest region, Nzerekore which is enjoying 24-hour electricity from the CLSG transmission line. “There is no stopping for the country to ensure electricity reaches every corner,” says the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif.

TRANSCO CLSG team with Mr. Kamara (2nd from left)

Mr. Ibrahima Abé Sylla, Minister of Energy, Hydropower and Hydrocarbons of Guinea informed the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed M. Sherif, during a courtesy call on his office in Conakry on Thursday, July 28, 2022, that his country has also taken strong measures with US$70 million support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to electrify rural communities. This according to him will increase the demand on the CLSG line.

According to Minister Sylla, the country is moving aggressively to connect large consumers including mining companies to boost its industrial sector. He echoed Guinea’s strong support for the CLSG interconnection project, adding that the project is a blessing to millions in the country who are yearning for stable and affordable electricity.

Earlier, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG briefed the Minister on the progress and the challenges in the project implementation. He sought the unwavering support of the Guinean government for the sustainability of TRANSCO CLSG. Mr. Sherif thanked the Government and people of Guinea for trading on the CLSG line.

Following his high-level meeting with the Minister of Energy, the General Manager met with the Director General of Electricité de Guinée (EDG) Mr. Layee Sekou Kamara, who welcomed the TRANSCO CLSG team at his office and applauded the Management for achieving major milestones in the landmark project implementation. He assured Mr. Sherif of his sector’s support to sustain the transmission company.

GM Sheriif with Mr. Keita

Mr. Kamara called on the General Manager and his team to continue the good work of delivering stable and affordable electricity, adding, “The electrification of Nzerekore is a fact, not a theory.”

In another high-profile meeting with the Secretary General at the Ministry of Energy, Ahmed Sekou Keita, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG provided update on the CLSG project implementation and called on the government to support the sustainability of TRANSCO CLSG.

In response, Mr. Keita reaffirmed his government’s full commitment to the CLSG project. He said Guinea is ready to work with other CLSG countries to support TRANSCO CLSG and to make it sustainable. “TRANSCO CLSG is our company, and we must provide supports to make sure it stays alive and delivers,” Mr. Keita said.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General has instructed the EDG not to delay payments to TRANSCO CLSG, adding that “the power in Nzerekore is a real testimony.”

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