TRANSCO CLSG Provides Resettlement Packages to 150 Affected Persons

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TRANSCO CLSG Mohamed Sheriff presents symbolic check to one of the beneficiaries in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

In continuation of the smooth construction of the 1,303 km transmission line which to provide electricity for Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the transmission company of Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia, has paid resettlement package to over 150 residents in Grand Bassa County.

The residents are landowners who are affected by the transmission lines along 40km within the power corridor of the project.

The CLSG project involves the construction of approximately 530km of the 225kV power line through seven counties including, Nimba, Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount.

TRANSCO CLSG General Manager, Mohamed Sheriff, who launched the program yesterday said, more than 300 households will be affected by the construction of the transmission lines and substations and therefore they have started given out cash packages as transparent compensation.

He said the West African Power Pool (WAPP) interconnection project will help and increase power supply four countries into the 225kilo volt regional energy market in West Africa.

Sheriff disclosed that in 2012, a treaty was signed by the four beneficiary countries to establish TRANSCO to manage the project implementation as well as operating and maintaining the transmission line.

He explained that the project is a multinational investment by the World Bank, European Investment Bank, German Development Bank and African Development Bank, adding that the four countries have provided their counterpart contributions for the payment of the resettlement action plan.

“We are here to officially launch the compensation process in Liberia and compensate about 150 persons affected by the project along 40 km of the line corridor,” said Sheriff.

He recalled that recently, the company began to compensate affected persons in Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea. He said the technical components of the CLSG interconnection line includes overhead 225 KV Transmission Line of 225 KV with a length of 1303 km; Lattice Steel Towers designed for 2 Circuits with a capacity of 486MW/Single Circuit equipped initially with a capacity of 243MW.

Sheriff said one of the shield wires will include an Optical Wire (OPGW); 11 new substations of 225 kV including four in Liberia, five in Sierra Leone and two in Guinea. “We are working on finalizing an agreement for a fifth substation to be constructed in Botota, Bong County, an extension of an existing substation in Côte d’Ivoire; Static Systems of reactive power Compensation (SVC) in five substations including four in the CLSG system and one in Cote d’Ivoire,” he said.

He told the beneficiaries that the CLSG project has a rural electrification component and each village along the transmission line stands to benefit from the electricity through the shield wire system that will be deployed.

Mr. Sheriff said the project is expected to be completed in Liberia in 2019 to provide residents of the four countries short-term improvement in power supply.

On his part, the Minister of Mines and Energy, Gesier E. Murray expressed gratitude to TRANSCO CLSG management for the initiative.

He urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the package and assured that the Liberian government is committed to supporting the project because the improvement in the energy sector is paramount for the country’s sustainable development.

“We will be monitoring the implementation of this project. We will be asking for a progress report to make sure that the project is completed within the stipulated time frame,” he said.

A representative, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked TRANSCO CLSG and the government for the smooth relationship and promised that the package will be used wisely.

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