US$2bn Power Transmission Line For 4 MRU States

A 225kv power transmission line costing over US2 billion is to be constructed linking the four Mano River Union (MRU) states to serve the expanding West African regional electricity market.

This was disclosed in the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy 2015 annual report covering the period January to December 2015.

The report stated that Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) have agreed to construct the hydro power transmission line and 12 sub-stations spanning about 1,360km in the four countries with 535km and four substations in Liberia.

According to the report, the 180mw Mano Kongo project between Sierra Leone and Liberia will cost US$368 million, the 90mw in Fomi, Guinea, US$325 million; 225mw Tibota project between Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia US$570 million, and 515mw project in Souapiti, Guinea, US$796 million.

The report indicated that discussions have commenced on the commercial framework governing the interconnection project for which recruitment of the General Manager of Transco CLSG, PIU key staff and the owner’s engineer has already been completed.

Discussion is also in progress on the International Project Agreement (IPA), focusing on Liberia’s contribution of the land on which the project is to be built, the report stated.

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