The Managing Director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), Mr. Ernest R. Hghes, was recently appointed as the head of the TRANSCO CLSG (Cote d’Voire-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea) Technical Committee,at a recent meeting of Board of Directors.
The meet was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire from December 11-13, 2017, bringing together Board members from the four CLSG countries and Secretary General of the West African Power Pool (WAPP).
The technical committee is responsible to review all technical issues relating to the implementing of CLSG projects in the four West African Countries and advise the board of directors. The appointment of Mr. Hughes will serve as a major boost for Liberia energy sector. Liberia will have a big say during the implementation of the CLSG project, which is to shortly commence.
Speaking recently in an exclusive interview, Mr. Hughes said he was very grateful for such preferment to serve as head of the TRANSCO CLSG technical committee by the Board of Directors and promised to ensure that all technical guidelines relating to the implementation of the project are followed. “I am very grateful for such opportunity to serve as head of the TRANSCO CLSG technical committee; I will use this opportunity to ensure that all technical guidelines are followed for the success of this project”, he said.
The CLSG project is aimed at addressing the energy deficit problem in the ECOWAS sub region. Predicated up this, the Heads of State agreed to set up a regional energy policy to promote a regional energy market and pool resources.
The West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) was created in 1999, with a master plan for priority regional energy projects, including the 1303-Kilometer power line project (225KV) linking Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG Project). The project includes one (1) Control Center (SCADA) and twelve (12) substations, four (4) of which will be in Liberia, five (5) in Sierra Leone and two (2) in Guinea and one (1) in Cote d’Ivoire. In 2013, an International Treaty was signed by the Heads of States and ratified by the four parliaments, dedicated the creation of the Special Purpose, TRANSCO CLSG, a Supranational Company with Board of Directors and equally owned by the four national power utilities name CI-Engegies(Cote d’Ivoire), LEC (Liberia), EDSA (Sierra Leone) and EDG (Guinea).