In West Africa, TRANSCO Energy Company announced that preparations to develop the West Africa energy network project is expected to commence soon in Sierra Leone.During a media briefing, TRANSCO Energy finance and administrative manager of TRANSCO Jigba Yillah explained that plans are now in place and very soon the West Africa Power Pool network and distribution energy network project will take-off.
500MW energy network
Yillah told local media, Awoko news, that four countries in the West African sub-region - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Ivory Coast - stand to gain from the 500MW energy network trade upon completion.
He further mentioned that a field visit was carried out in various sites and line corridors, adding that there were also community meetings regarding those who will be affected along the corridor line, and possibly be relocated.
According to Yillah the field visit was part of international competitive procurement procedure, stating that nine out of the 15 contracting firms that applied to carry out technical works prequalified and the draft report is now at the ministry of energy.
Although both local and international firms applied, the tenacity of the job involves huge technical and financial capacity, which only international firms where prequalified for, Yillah said.
Four lot segment energy projects
Once the energy ministry has reviewed the draft reports for the energy network, proper bids will be presented by the chosen contractors who will be tasked with the implementation of the four lot segment energy projects: two lots in Sierra Leone and two in Liberia.
Four donor partners including the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Investment Bank and German Export Bank (KFW) are funding the energy project.
The region is currently producing 10,000MW of electricity and has 4,000 km of transmission lines, however, it needs 26,000MW of generation capacity and 16,000 km of connection lines to plug the power deficit.
The media reported that the Sierra Leone Roads Authority approved the network project, while the Environment Protection Agency submitted the environment impact assessment licence to carry out the work.