The CLSG Interconnector project involves the construction of a 1,350 km transmission line allowing power exports from Côte d’Ivoire to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. The interconnector aims to provide these countries with an increased supply of electricity to meet growing demand and to create incentive for hydropower potential, such as in Sierra Leone and Guinea, to be realised. Approximately 12.5% of the total Project cost will finance rural electrification, with an ITF Direct Grant Operation to cover the extra costs of implementing this in Sierra Leone.
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.