The Transmission Company executing the regional electrification project in the Mano River Union Basin, TRANSCO, has officially launched its activities in Liberia with the establishment of national committees for the implementation of the Environmental Social Management Plan or ESMP and the Resettlement Action Plan or RAP.
The company has put the total cost of the regional power project at US$4.76 million. TRANSCO says as part of the implementation of its activities, and to effectively carry out the Cote D viore, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea or CLSG project, national committees are set up in each of the CLSG countries to follow up on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) of people affected by the project.
During its mission to Liberia, the TRANSCO CLSG team along with local authorities Monday, December 7, 2015, formally launched the national committees activities through the installation of members, review and adoption of tasks assigned to committee members, the Operational Action Plan, review and adoption of the ESMP and RAP and the committee functionary budget as well as review and adoption of disbursement mechanism.
Speaking Monday at the official launch of activities, TRANSCO CLSG general manager, Mohammed Sherif, explained that TRANSCO is a regional transmission company established on March 5, 2012 by Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea thru an international treaty to bring affordable and reliable energy to peoples of the CLSG.
Mr. Sherif says the launch here will not only enable the company to connecting the four countries with electricity, but also focus on economic empowerment for citizens of the respective countries.
He says TRANSCO was mainly created to carry out CLSG projects as reflected in the model that was agreed upon by the four member states, adding “this project aims at promoting a regional energy market and optimize the use of energy resources in West Africa.”
Meanwhile, the general manager indicated that TRANSCO’s vision is to become the best regional power plant in West Africa. He says the launch is based on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan, and that as of the launch, the company will embark on a 25 kilowatt volt to empower transmission lines for the four countries with electricity.
According to him, it requires national commitment and ownership from the four benefiting countries for these projects to be implemented, and disclosed governments of the four countries have demonstrated lots of commitment to the projects.
From Liberia, the team will travel to Guinea to conduct similar activities from December 15-19, 2015 and concludes in Cote d’Ivoirefrom January 11-13, 2015. As part of the implementation of its activities, and to effectivelycarry out the CLSG project, National Committees are set up in each ofthe CLSG countries to follow up on theimplementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) of people affected by the project.
By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Jonathan Browne