The CLSG Interconnector project involves constructing a 1,357 km transmission line allowing power exports initially from Ivory Coast to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The interconnector aims to create incentives to explore the hydropower potential in Sierra Leone and Guinea which, if realised, would provide all the countries with an increased supply of electricity to meet growing demand. Approximately 12.5% of the total project cost will finance rural electrification.
As at 31 December 2016, the procurement process for the respective Lots of the Transmission line has been finalized. The corresponding No Objections for the bid evaluation report are being financed, following the completion of the tender prequalification. It is expected that in Q1 2017, the contract for the Lot related to the transmission line connection Man (Cote d’Ivoire), Yekepa (Liberia) and Nzerekora (Guinea) shall be signed and corresponding advance payment remitted. In Q2 2017, the respective works for this Lot shall commence. It should be noted that the project is currently facing a financing gap and efforts to address this issue are being undertaken
For the preparation of this project an EU-AITF grant of up to EUR 3 million was made available for the financing of the feasibility study and the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) as well as the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) and functional bidding documents. In addition, the grant finances the line survey with maps, plan, and profile drawings. This technical assistance is closed.