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As TRANSCO CLSG Signs Milestone EPC Contracts…

225kv overhead transmission line for Salone &Liberia

January 17, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai

TRANSCO Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG), has recently signed contract agreements to award qualified international firms to kick off the construction of the 1,303km of transmission line and multiple sub stations in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

In 1982, the Heads of States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed to put in place a regional energy policy in order to promote a regional energy market and to optimize resources in West Africa.

Subsequently, in 1999 the West African Power Pool (WAPP) was created and its Master Plan was put in place in 2000 with a view to providing electrical energy at competitive and affordable prices in the West Africa region to ensure social and economic development.

The CLSG Project is a multinational investment operation and is financed by four donors namely, the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the KfW and European Investment Bank (EIB).

In 2012, an international Treaty was signed by the Heads of State of Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to establish a Special Purpose Company called ‘TRANSCO CLSG’ which stands for Transmission Company Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinée.

“TRANSCO CLSG wishes to announce that the commencement of the multi-million energy project that will expand energy integration in the sub region, begins Friday, January 13, 2017 when the General Manager, Mohammed M. Sherif affixes his signature to multiple EPC Contracts for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of 225 kV overhead transmission line in Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively,” a press release date 11th January, 2017 stated.

The release went further to say under the World Bank financing, TRANSCO CLSG management will award the contract for Lot 1 transmission line which runs from Yekepa to Buchanan to the JV ELECNOR -EIFFAGE ENERGIE of Spain.

“On Monday, January 16, 2017, TRANSCO CLSG Management will award the Saudi Arabia based NATIONAL CONTRACTING COMPANY LTD for Lot 2 of the transmission line from Buchanan to Mano via Monrovia. The milestone event continues Wednesday, January 18, 2017 when the TRANSCO CLSG management awards the contract for Lot 3 which runs from Mano in Liberia to Kenema and Bikongor in Sierra Leone to JYOTI STRUCTURES LIMITED of India, under the European Investment Bank (EIB) financing. The contract for Lot 4 from Binkongor to Yiben via Bumbuna, which is also funded by the EIB, will be signed with KALPATARU POWER TRANSMISSION of India on Thursday, January 19, 2017,” the release stated.

The release stated that the signings marked  one of the high points of a nearly 3-year long planning and project phase under the distinguished leadership of Mr. Sherif.

“Recently, the Management of TRANSCO CLSG signed a three year’s contract with the Tractebel Engineering Belgium, in association with Mott MacDonald and IRAF to serve as the Owner’s Engineer for the supervision of the construction and guarantee period (Phase 2) of the CLSG interconnection project,” the release states.

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