Project Presentaton

  1. 2.Environmental and Social Safeguards Vision at TRANSCO CLSG

Within the framework of the implementation of the interconnection project Côte d’Ivoire-Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, our objective ofthe environmental and social safeguards is to prevent and minimize in the best ways possible the environmental and social impacts of the project on people located in the corridor of the high voltage 225 kV line of about 1,349 km and the environments of the 4 countries alike.

We envisage to apply social safeguards standards-based on the institutional and regulatory principles of the CLSG countries and the international best practices as laid out by our donors namely the World Bank, EIB, AfDB and KFW.

TRANSCO CLSG, through its environmental and social safeguard policy, commits:

  • to operate on the basis of an open communication with all stakeholders and persons affected by the project (PAPs) in order to build a positive and lasting relationships with them while involving them in all stages of the project.
  • to work in transparency, respect of the customs, beliefs,values and patrimony of the different communities located across the line.
  • to ensure that all those affected by the project receive fair and equitable compensation for all damages.
  • to mitigate the negative impact of the project on the environment and to provide a sustainable development.
  • to ensure that all contractors involved in the construction of the line work in accordance to our objective of the environmental and social aspects, in respect of the environment and population of the CLSG countries.

Summary of Impacts and Mitigation Measures and Monitoring

   Project    Activity    Potential    Impacts    Location    Proposed    Mitigation    Net Effects    Monitoring
Line route survey & Design stage Impact   on potential sensitive ecological and inhabited area Entire RoW Adequate   selection of RoW by avoiding these areas with detailed line route survey   during the design stage Negligible Monitoring   and Identifying the potential sensitive ecological or inhabited areas located   along the RoW
During the entire project Loss of crops Almost entire RoW & access tracks Prompt, fair compensation payment Negligible During construction & operation
During the entire project Loss of structures Certain parts of line route Prompt, fair compensation payment for   resettlement Removal from historical/ancestral roots Monitoring during construction & operation   to ensure all RAPs are adequately and fairly catered for
During the entire project Loss of land Entire RoW & access tracks Prompt, fair compensation payment Removal from historical/ancestral roots Monitoring during construction & operation   to ensure all PAPs are adequately and fairly catered for
Construction Noise impacts Communities and settlements close to RoW Avoidance (as much as possible) of work at   night Minor disturbance during daytime Ambient noise levels   shall be measured once every week in communities close to RoW
Construction Air quality Communities and settlements close to RoW Spray the exposed soil surfaces of the tower   corridor track as and when needed Negligible Monitoring – none
Construction Potential soil erosion Entire RoW & access tracks Limit land clearance to minimum area required   and early revegetation Negligible Monitor land clearance
Construction & operation Public safety

1. Open excavations

2. Potential electrocution

3. Potential collapse of towers

4. Others

Entire RoW & access tracks Tower base excavations in or near settlements   or farms will be clearly marked and made inaccessible to the public. All towers will be clearly marked with a   red inscription on white background – “DANGER – 225,000 Volts” to warn off trespassers, etc. Negligible Routine inspections of towers during   operational phase
Construction & operation Flora and Fauna Entire RoW & access tracks Limit clearance of vegetation Negligible Monitored carefully to   ensure that the minimum area requirements are not exceeded
Construction & operation Occupational safety and health Entire RoW & access tracks Provision of personal protective equipment at construction.

All work to be done according to Safety Rules   and Regulations of SPC   as well as the World Bank Group EHS Guidelines of 2007 (General and Electric   transmission and Distribution), NPA Safety Rules (Electrical and Me chanical)

Negligible Availability and use of protective equipment
Construction Impacts on cultural and   historical/archaeological sites/items Cultural/historical/archaeological chance   finds Chance finds to be reported to appropriate   authorities as a   part of the contractor’s contract Negligible Areas of chance finds will be monitored and   secured in order to be handed over to Museums and Monuments Board.
Construction Public health-

STDs/HIV AIDS

Mainly settlements along RoW Education of workers to avoid casual sex

Supply   sufficient quantities of good quality free condoms to workers

Potential single mothers, transmission of   STDs/AIDS Keep close contact with communities during   construction to detect incidences of STDs/AIDS
Construction Traffic impacts Relevant roads indicated in report Use of traffic wardens to control traffic at   road crossings

Development   of Traffic Control Plan

Negligible Presence of traffic wardens at all times   during construction.

Review   the contractor’s Traffic Control Plan

Construction Water pollution Rivers indicated in the report Minimize erosion and manage excavated   materials, wastewater from excavations and accidental spillage of oil, fuel   and paints Negligible Streams close   to the site(s) of construction tobe sampled and analyzed weekly.

During the maintenance phase monitoring will   be carried out twice yearly.

Construction Work camp management Work camp sites Establish far away from water bodies and   settlements

Provision of mobile toilet, clinic, doctor and   ambulance at work camp sites

Negligible Distance from each work camp site to nearest   water body and settlement.

Availability of mobile toilet, clinic, doctor   and ambulance;

Construction & operation Solid Waste generation Entire RoW & access tracks Trees, tree stumps and wooden containers not   to be given out to the local communities as fuel wood .

Usable   trees and wood from the RoW clearing should be given out to the local   communities.

Metal wastes to be collected and disposed of   appropriately and/or recycled in consultation with relevant government   agencies

Negligible Collection and disposal of solid waste to be   monitored
Operation Effects of rust treatment and painting of   towers Tower locations Spilt paint to be quickly mopped up with rags   and/or sawdust. The used sawdust and   rags will be disposed of at appropriate public waste dumping sites. Negligible No monitoring
Operation Micro shock from a spark discharge RoW Minimized by multiple earthlings Negligible Monitor earthing cables
Operation Fire hazards RoW Public education on hazards of bush burning Negligible Routine patrols to discourage bush burning
Construction & operation Employment generation and incomes Settlements along RoW Encourage contractors to engage local labour Standard of living improved None