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
The requested TA for the first phase of the work of the Owner’s Engineer (OE) - project preparation - is closed. This technical assistance started in September 2014 and was extended end 2015 in view of delays caused notably by the increase in the number of lots and by the time needed for the review of the bidding documents by various donors. A second phase of the work of the OE, consisting of the supervision during the construction phase, is financed by the World Bank.