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.
The EU-AITF direct grant will be used to finance rural electrification in Sierra Leone from the shield wire and/or from the five substations in Sierra Leone. The direct grant will inter alia finance the physical implementation of the distribution network, provide meters and supply connections for the first customers, and supply energy to all governmental and social facilities in 26 identified communities. The grant will complement a shortfall in funding for rural electrification in Sierra Leone and will thereby ensure that all countries will benefit equally from the project.
The AfDB financing was approved by the Board in November 2013 and the grant agreement between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the AfDB was signed and entered into force on 28 November 2013. The project was launched in Freetown on 23/07/2014.