TRANSCO CLSG energises lines and accelerates electricity access
Africa: Various developments have been made in energising lines and accelerating electricity access for the TRANSCO CLSG member countries.
The 225kV transmission line from Man in Cote d’Ivoire into Monrovia in Liberia has been constructed and energized and 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. The 132kV connection between the CLSG substation in Monrovia and the Liberia Electricity Company (LEC) Mt Coffee HPP is completed. 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 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 to prepare all pre-requisite conditions for successful commissioning of the first section of the line in Man to Monrovia.
The process 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. Everything is being done to ensure full commissioning of the 1,303km line by December 2021.