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.
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 28 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.