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TRANSCO CLSG successfully energizes Transmission Lines in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia– According to an update from TRANSCO CLSG, the sequential energization of the 225/66/33 kV substation in Kenema district, Sierra Leone has been a major success. The update states that CLSG project has achieved another major milestone – the energization of the Kenema Substation. According to CLSG the milestone will ensure reliable and sustainable power availability in both Kenema and Bo cities. Earlier, TRANSCO CLSG completed the energization of the Mano substation in Liberia.

In a Front Page Africa exclusive, dated July 15, 2021, TRANSCO CLSG 225kv transmission line from Man in Cote d’Ivoire into Monrovia construction and energization was completed according to the General Manager of TRANSCO CLSG, Mohammed Mulibah Sherif. The General Manager added that three out of five substations in Liberia, including Yekepa, Buchanan and Mount Coffee substations have been completed, fully energized, and ready. The General Manager also disclosed that the construction and subsequent erection of transmission towers from Mano in Liberia to Kenema, Bikongor and into Yiben in Sierra Leone has been completed. He also revealed that three substations out of five in Sierra Leone have been completed and that these facilities are undergoing pre-commissioning tests.

The General Manager said his management team remained poised to deliver the much-awaited stable and affordable electricity to the region. He said with the unwavering commitment to succeed, TRANSCO CLSG has continued to forge ahead and reached new milestones. As a result, the CLSG interconnection project has entered its final phase of implementation.

In an update posted on its website, Transco CLSG stated that “Today the people of Kenema District beamed with a smile as TRANSCO CLSG successfully energized both the 225kV transmission line and 225/66/33kV substation. The CLSG project will provide reliable and affordable energy from a regional resource base to meet the rising demand created by activities aimed at transforming the economies of member states”. This will also spur new economic development in these towns and cities by ensuring that existing industries run smoothly without significant electrical power interruption.

Who is Mohammed Mulibah Sherif? Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif is an Economist currently serving as the first Director-General of TRANSCO CLSG. Before ascending to this position in September 2014, he most recently served as Chief Economist of the Ministry of Finance from 2012 – June 2014; served as the Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance from 2008 – 2012.

Mr. Sherif is a leader with a proven record of offering expertise in the development of successful strategic documents in Liberia including the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2008 – 2011), Agenda for Transformation (2012 – 2017), Liberia Public Finance Law of 2009, took a technical lead role in the development of five Budget Framework Papers that underpinned Liberia medium-term budgets beginning fiscal year 2010/2011 up to 2014/15, Medium Term Debt Management Strategy of 2013, and Risks Analysis Strategy for budget execution of 2013/14. He served as the Energy sector focal person at the Ministry of Finance from 2008 – 2014. Mr. Sherif is also known for effectively coordinating reporting requirements of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility/Extended Credit Facility Program in Liberia from 2008 that led to HIPC completion in 2010. He successfully coordinated negotiation of a new IMF ECF program covering 2013 – 2015.