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 June 2016, the project is in the investment stage. Following a prequalification, all the tenders for the works have been launched. Work on the fulfilment of conditions precedent to disbursement continues in cooperation with other donors and the WAPP. This includes in particular the need to finalize the documentation related to the commercial framework (PPA and TSA). The works on the interconnector are expected to start in 2017.
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.