TRANSCO CLSG to Complete 4 Substations in 2020

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3rd from right, TRANSCO CLSG manager, Minister Varney Sirleaf of Internal Affairs, TRANSCO CLSG Chairman, Minister Murray and others posed before tea break.

-Calls on gov’t to prepare for power distribution to households

The general manager of Transmission Company in Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (TRANSCO CLSG), Mohammed M. Sherif, says all is done to complete the first four substations in March 2020, as planned.

This, Sherif said, will now help to connect households across the country.

He made the remarks on Monday, December 9 during the annual donors’ coordination meeting held at a resort in Monrovia where he assured the donors’ community, and the Liberian government of the project completion as scheduled.

TRANSCO CLSG is a regional transmission company, established by international treaty to build 1,303km transmission line and substations from La Cote d’Ivoire, linking Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

“We have few challenges, but all the substations in Liberia with the exception of Botota will be completed this December. Our problem is the transmission line, which runs from Mann in La Cote D’Ivoire to Yekepa in Liberia, but due to some constraints, including raining season that was so heavy,” Mr. Sherif said.

He said in addition to the raining season, the project also stalled because of a damaged bridge on the St. Paul River that led to contractors being unable to move their equipment from Yekepa, Nimba County to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

“We ended up talking with the Senegalese Contractors that were paving the road between Ganta and Sanniquellie, which delayed for three months. This extended the planned timeline for us. The Liberian government, particularly the Public Works Ministry, helps to resolve the issue with the Senegalese Company,” Mr. Sherif said.

Additionally, he said TRANSCO CLSG also encountered challenges in approving funds, which resulted in a meeting in Belgium, where contractors, TRANSCO management, TRANSCO engineers and also some external partners addressed the issues that actually helped to end the project in March.

“By the end of March, next year, pre-testing, and conclusion will be completed. Again, it will be very unfortunate if the CLSG line comes to Yekepa and the Government is not ready to connect the households, which does not fall under the mandate of TRANSCO CLSG. We hope that when the line comes to Buchanan, all households will be connected and then Mount Coffee line will also connect households in Montserrado County, which is far lower and affordable than current power,” Mr. Sherif said.

He said while it is exciting to bring the line to help the Liberian government, given the financial and economic constraints, the issue of distribution to households must be considered a serious priority, despite constraints faced by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

“We are on the regional front, but LEC needs to address a wide range of issues, including managing the system to cut down losses and illegal connections. TRANSCO CLSG internally developed a strategy to collaborate with government and donor to respond if any situation of circumstances,” he said.

He said in order to get the power, LEC will have to sign the power purchase agreement (PPA), which is initially Cote D’Ivoire and sign transmission service with TRANSCO that will transmit the electricity to destination requires.

World Bank Country Manager Khwima Nthara, said the importance of the project for Liberia cannot be overemphasized, and therefore expressed optimistic that the project will benefit all the neighboring countries.

“This project is critical in equalizing development for Liberia. We are now nearing dry season and very excited about the supply of electricity. Therefore, we look forward to commissioning in July. We know the extent to which this project will help alleviate the challenges for Liberia, especially electricity,” Mr. Nthara said.

He said the World Bank is looking forward to the scheduled date for the completion of the project, because it’s a project that is being long awaited by Liberians and the international or donors’ community.

He then committed the World Bank to the project, particularly working with all stakeholders and the governments as well as development partners in making sure that this project comes to frustration because the benefits will be immense.

“This project will help Liberia to export power large customers, especially the mining sector. This will be a success for the government,” he said.

The 2-day event brought together Government officials, donors’ community, partners, officials of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, and TRANSCO management.

Full House of Partners, donors’, gov’t officials and TRANSCO CLSG.

Liberia’s Mines and Energy Minister, Gesler Murray, said the energy sector remains critical for the development of Liberia because it offers many potentials.

“We have a lot of work to do over the next couple of days. Again, we have to remove illegal and non-paying commercial customers if we are to have any chance of meeting deadline or demand of mount coffee in 2020 raining season and operational CLSG,” Mr. Murray said.

He said this will involve a theft removing system on the LEC commercial system, which also requires help from various partners.

“We have to know exactly what the CLSG under this timeline looks like. We have to work hard to identify the commercial and viable loads that sign up and paying on time. We also need to continue LEC proactive engagement with our neighboring states to make sure that we have workable plans and legal and financial framework for both import and export,” Mr. Murray said.

The high-table at the opening of the coordination meeting in Monrovia.

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  • Anthony Kokoi is a young Liberian sports writer who has an ever-growing passion for the development of the game of football (soccer) and other sports. For the past few years, he has been passionately engaged in reporting the developments of the game in the country. He is an associate member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL). He is a promoter of young talents. He also writes match reports and makes an analysis of Liberian Football.

8 COMMENTS

  1. The below Paragraph doesn’t make sense:

    “By the end of March, next year, pre-testing, and conclusion will be completed. Again, it will be very unfortunate if the CLSG line comes to Yekepa and the Government is not ready to connect the households, which does not fall under the mandate of TRANSCO CLSG. We hope that when the line comes to Buchanan, all households will be connected and then Mount Coffee line will also connect households in Montserrado County, which is far lower and affordable than current power,” Mr. Sherif said.

  2. It simply means it would be unlikely for households to benefit from the electricity, giving the current economic stagnation. How many people can afford to pay electricity bills in Monrovia, worst of all, in the hinterland?

    Anyway, I will like to think these hardworking people for their initiative. Our people will be able to afford electricity in their homes under the Cummings’ administration. We have a stalemate period of 4 years to go. Things will fall in line; rest assured my people.

  3. Liberian do NOT need that business. Liberia must develop her resources instead. Do not make Liberia depended on Guinea, Ivory Coast, etc.

      • Turn it over to me. Let any of them challenge what I am saying. Liberia is being looted? We must create jobs for our citizens not for Guinean or Ivorian.

        • Hey Mr. Dolo.
          These projects are pure engineering. Cummings and the others have NO ideas. They do not know what industrial economy is? I have some of the needed Skills, Know-How for Liberia.
          Liberian are NOT just looking for eating but they want to build and have the Tech transferred. Tell Sheriff there are better educated Liberian who can architect Liberia.
          We are looking for economy; not cheap stuffs. Economy is kwee jobs; good, good jobs okay?

        • Join the Cummings Team. We will give you that opportunity to apply what you know for your country; we are beckoning you! We need technocrats like you.

          But I know projects take time; from conception to implementation. So, for now, we need some quick fixes. Remembered Ghana once supplied electricity to the Ivory Coast, now it is the Ivory Coast which is supplying Ghana, Burkina, Mali and recently Liberia and Guinea in electricity. We need to be that ambitious too to make a mark in the sub region. But first, we need someone CAPABLE and CLEAN in the Executive Mansion. And the best guy for now is Cummings.

          Join us Mr. Curran. We can start something good for our people and leave something positive for our children, NOT THE VIOLENCE proffered by the present administration.

          • Mr. Dolo and you All:
            It is impossible for me to work for Cummings; believe me, we are in different directions. I am in the direction of industrial development (steel, hydro, tires, rice (not agriculture), etc), Cummings does NOT have such Skills.
            Compare my 2017 Platform with that of Cummings. My Platform is directly on the Points.
            I will be willing to debate with anybody from Liberia including the CoP on any subject that has to do with the advancement of Liberia.

            Only the best of our educated with the needed Know-Hows, Skillset can build Liberia.

            God bless Liberia.

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