Abidjan, CI – March 2, 2017: Like the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea interconnection (CLSG) project, the development objective of the Organization pour la Mise en Valeur du fleuve Gambie (the Gambia River Basin Development Organization) or the OMVG Interconnection Project for Africa is to enable electricity trade between the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal.
The CLSG project is to enable energy integration and trade among Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leona and Guinea.
Recently, the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG Mohammed M. Sherif, accompanied by the Director of the Project Implementation Unit of TRANSCO CLSG, Etienne Bailly graced the official groundbreaking ceremony of the OMVG project in Conakry, Guinea. President Alpha Condé of the Republic of Guinea launched the project.
Regional power trade is critical in West Africa. By grouping together, the energy demands of the four countries, like the CLSG project, the OMVG Interconnection Project transmission lines will enable larger and more efficient generation of electricity, which is essential for business development, job creation, income generation, and international competitiveness.
The OMVG Interconnection Project is also being described as the much-needed backbone for the West African Power Pool’s energy infrastructure, according to The Guardian. The OMVG project facilitate a West African regional power transmission network that will stretch across Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.
The OMVG project comprises of two components. The first component, extension of West African power pool (WAPP) transmission network – OMVG interconnection is comprised of the following two sub-components: (i) transmission lines to finance the construction of 1,677 kilo meter (km) of 225 kilo volt (kV) transmission network capable of handling 800 megawatt (MW); and (ii) substations to finance the construction of fifteen 225-30 kV substations and dispatching centers on the interconnection (located in the corresponding substation).