TRANSCO launched in Sierra Leone
On Wednesday, December 2 this year, the four Mano River countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Conakry and Ivory Coast, officially launched the TRANSCO project at the Shangri-La Hotel at Aberdeen village on the western outskirts of Freetown.
The launching was geared towards the implementation of the environment and social resettlement action plan for persons affected by the CLSG.
The ceremony attracted various stakeholders within and outside Sierra Leone with the Ministry of Energy, Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) and the Electricity Generation and Transmission Company (EGTC) as direct beneficiaries.
The General Manager of TRANSCO, Mr. Mohamed M. Sheriff, highlighted the importance of the project which he said will mark major milestones in actual implementation.
Madam Zainab Buya Kamara, in her keynote address, described the project as an interconnected venture which is a sub programme of WAPP aimed at eliminating power short falls in the Mano River countries by constructing a transmission line of two hundred and twenty five kilo volt (225kv) power which is about one hundred thirty four Kilo meter project aimed at integrating these countries in their regional electricity market created by WAPP and also to strengthen networks that will enable people to access quality energy at reduced cost .
She pointed out that the project is a vital component of sub regional energy production and transmission, adding that the national committee activities are an integral part of the project which seeks to bring economic relief and improve the living standards of citizens of the Mano River countries.
She further stated that the company is a regional transmission company that was established by an international treaty to bring affordable and reliable energy to the people.
She concluded by hoping that the line will not only produce electricity but cheap and reliable electricity that will help to improve the socio economic status of the four countries.
By Mohamed Sillah
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