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 requested TA for the first phase of the work of the Owner’s Engineer (OE) will allow to progress on project preparation and provide support during the tendering and negotiation/award of the construction contracts for the line and the substations. 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, will be financed by the World Bank.