The general manager of Transmission Company Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinée (TRANSCO CLSG) Mohammed Mulibah Sherif, announced at a recent Board of Directors meeting that various developments have been made in energising various lines and accelerating electricity access for member countries.
The 225kV transmission line from Man in Cote d’Ivoire into Monrovia in Liberia has been constructed and energised. To date, the overall progress of the CLSG Project is estimated at 93%. The line section from Man to Monrovia has been fully energised and the synchronisation with the Mt Coffee Hydro Power Plant (HPP) is ongoing.
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The 132kV connection between the CLSG substation in Monrovia and the Liberia Electricity Company (LEC) Mt Coffee HPP is completed at 100% while additional tests are ongoing on the 66kV Busbar differential protection at the request of LEC.
The line sections from Monrovia to Mano in Liberia, from Mano to Kenema, Bikongor and Bumbuna up to Yiben in Sierra Leone are all completed at 100% and await sequential commissioning from Liberia before they are energised. The line section from Yiben to Kamakwie and Linsan in Guinée is about 74% complete, while the section from Yekepa to Nzerekoreh is about 95% complete.
TRANSCO CLSG has been working actively with TRACTEBEL, the owner’s engineer, to prepare all pre-requisite conditions for successful commissioning of the first section of the line in Man to Monrovia.
The process, the general manager said, includes the recruitment of CIE (Compagnie Ivoirienne d’Electricité or Company Ivorian Electricity) of Cote d’Ivoire as the temporary Operations and Maintenance (O&M) operator for six to 12 months and the launching of the tender process to recruit the statutory operator.
Sherif said despite several unforeseen challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, which seriously delayed project implementation. He asserted that everything is being done to ensure full commissioning of the 1,303km line by December 2021.
The TRANSCO CLSG’s general manager said his management team remained poised to deliver the much-awaited stable and affordable electricity to the region. He said with the unwavering commitment to succeed, TRANSCO CLSG has continued to forge ahead and reached new milestones. As a result, the CLSG interconnection project has entered its final phase of implementation.
“We are at a critical junction in the implementation of the CLSG project,” Sherif declared, adding that TRANSCO CLSG in collaboration with the Owner’s Engineer, made crucial decisions and took actions to increase performance and accelerate the implementation phase of the project.