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first_img3rd from right, TRANSCO CLSG manager, Minister Varney Sirleaf of Internal Affairs, TRANSCO CLSG Chairman, Minister Murray and others posed before tea break.-Calls on gov’t to prepare for power distribution to householdsThe general manager of Transmission Company in Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (TRANSCO CLSG), Mohammed M. Sherif, says all is done to complete the first four substations in March 2020, as planned.This, Sherif said, will now help to connect households across the country.He made the remarks on Monday, December 9 during the annual donors’ coordination meeting held at a resort in Monrovia where he assured the donors’ community, and the Liberian government of the project completion as scheduled.TRANSCO CLSG is a regional transmission company, established by international treaty to build 1,303km transmission line and substations from La Cote d’Ivoire, linking Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.“We have few challenges, but all the substations in Liberia with the exception of Botota will be completed this December. Our problem is the transmission line, which runs from Mann in La Cote D’Ivoire to Yekepa in Liberia, but due to some constraints, including raining season that was so heavy,” Mr. Sherif said.He said in addition to the raining season, the project also stalled because of a damaged bridge on the St. Paul River that led to contractors being unable to move their equipment from Yekepa, Nimba County to Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.“We ended up talking with the Senegalese Contractors that were paving the road between Ganta and Sanniquellie, which delayed for three months. This extended the planned timeline for us. The Liberian government, particularly the Public Works Ministry, helps to resolve the issue with the Senegalese Company,” Mr. Sherif said.Additionally, he said TRANSCO CLSG also encountered challenges in approving funds, which resulted in a meeting in Belgium, where contractors, TRANSCO management, TRANSCO engineers and also some external partners addressed the issues that actually helped to end the project in March.“By the end of March, next year, pre-testing, and conclusion will be completed. Again, it will be very unfortunate if the CLSG line comes to Yekepa and the Government is not ready to connect the households, which does not fall under the mandate of TRANSCO CLSG. We hope that when the line comes to Buchanan, all households will be connected and then Mount Coffee line will also connect households in Montserrado County, which is far lower and affordable than current power,” Mr. Sherif said.He said while it is exciting to bring the line to help the Liberian government, given the financial and economic constraints, the issue of distribution to households must be considered a serious priority, despite constraints faced by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).“We are on the regional front, but LEC needs to address a wide range of issues, including managing the system to cut down losses and illegal connections. TRANSCO CLSG internally developed a strategy to collaborate with government and donor to respond if any situation of circumstances,” he said.He said in order to get the power, LEC will have to sign the power purchase agreement (PPA), which is initially Cote D’Ivoire and sign transmission service with TRANSCO that will transmit the electricity to destination requires.World Bank Country Manager Khwima Nthara, said the importance of the project for Liberia cannot be overemphasized, and therefore expressed optimistic that the project will benefit all the neighboring countries.“This project is critical in equalizing development for Liberia. We are now nearing dry season and very excited about the supply of electricity. Therefore, we look forward to commissioning in July. We know the extent to which this project will help alleviate the challenges for Liberia, especially electricity,” Mr. Nthara said.He said the World Bank is looking forward to the scheduled date for the completion of the project, because it’s a project that is being long awaited by Liberians and the international or donors’ community.He then committed the World Bank to the project, particularly working with all stakeholders and the governments as well as development partners in making sure that this project comes to frustration because the benefits will be immense.“This project will help Liberia to export power large customers, especially the mining sector. This will be a success for the government,” he said.The 2-day event brought together Government officials, donors’ community, partners, officials of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, and TRANSCO management.Full House of Partners, donors’, gov’t officials and TRANSCO CLSG.Liberia’s Mines and Energy Minister, Gesler Murray, said the energy sector remains critical for the development of Liberia because it offers many potentials.“We have a lot of work to do over the next couple of days. Again, we have to remove illegal and non-paying commercial customers if we are to have any chance of meeting deadline or demand of mount coffee in 2020 raining season and operational CLSG,” Mr. Murray said.He said this will involve a theft removing system on the LEC commercial system, which also requires help from various partners.“We have to know exactly what the CLSG under this timeline looks like. We have to work hard to identify the commercial and viable loads that sign up and paying on time. We also need to continue LEC proactive engagement with our neighboring states to make sure that we have workable plans and legal and financial framework for both import and export,” Mr. Murray said.The high-table at the opening of the coordination meeting in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img– Jagdeo says he “lacks reason”, comments illogicalOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has taken Finance Minister Winston Jordan to task over comments he made at a recent public event about the Amaila Falls Hydroelectricity Project (AFHP), which he said lacked veracity and did not conform to logic as reasons for halting the project.While Jagdeo admitted that the coalition Government’s intention not to pursue the AFHP has been made known before, he accused Jordan of providing insubstantial evidence and reasoning as to why the now Government has decided not to continue with the project’s full implementation.The Opposition Leader was making reference to Jordan’s speech made at a recent Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) event. While many people were frowning over the speech, according to Jagdeo, policy-wise, it lacked substance and vision. “Not a single attempt to address any of the concerns of the manufacturing sector and the services sector in a tangible way, just platitudes,” he added.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe AFHP, which formed part of Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), was the brainchild of Jagdeo, and was commissioned in 2009. And having taken up office in 2015, the now Government had repeatedly stated its disapproval of resurrecting the project.But the former President believes that the coalition Government has killed the project, although it was set to provide Guyana with a massive source of electricity. “This is the year we would have turned on the switch and hydropower would have flowed through the country,” he said.No debtJagdeo reminded that arrangements under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government would have guaranteed that the Government would not have incurred any debt for this project.In fact, part of the financing was expected to come from a Norwegian grant to buy equity into the project. The remainder would have been private funding from the contractors, who were expected to sell power to Government, some through equity and some through a loan.Jagdeo said, “But we would have bought power at half of the price that we were generating power at 2012 because of the price of oil at that time which was about 20 cents per kilowatt hour…we would have bought power at 10 cents per kilowatt hour.”Although there were concerns about some technical issues with the project, Jagdeo explained that these were dealt with. An evaluation found that a reservoir could have been constructed to facilitate the continuous flow of power, in the event the dry season stepped in.Addressing the issue of alleged corruption associated with the AFHP, which Jordan sought to address during the Private Sector event, Jagdeo said although there were some concerns raised about the then contract associated with Fip Motilall, he has repeatedly called on the Government to release the evaluation report done by a technical team when the bids were received.“They have a copy of the report and you would see that the politicians had no role in evaluating the bid. We gave it to the lowest tender and I saw some pictures of the road, the roads done by that contract are holding up strongly,” Jagdeo further added.The allegation that PPP/C Government sought financing for the project through multilateral banks is untrue, Jagdeo said, explaining that his Government never approached any multilateral financial institution except the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for some equity, but not on a major scale. He said most funds were expected to come from the Private Sector.Cut costMaking reference to the independent review of the AFHP which was conducted by Norconsult, a reputable consultancy firm out of Norway contracted by the Government of Norway, Jagdeo said Jordan’s argument did not coincide with what is contained in the 3000 pages of the comprehensive report.Picking up on the statement made by the Finance Minister that “Norway no longer has the appetite for the proposed 165-kilowatt Amaila Falls hydropower station, because Norwegian officials have found some areas of concern,” Jagdeo said Jordan’s comments were distasteful.According to Jagdeo, the Norwegian report in Government’s mind is “useless”. However, he believes that someone should advise the Minister and his Cabinet colleagues to read the report and look at the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract, the environmental and feasibility studies. “None of them read it. I talk to MPs and they still repeat it will be a big debt,” he contended.While referring to various pages of the report, Jagdeo also believes that the only realistic path for Guyana towards an emissions-free electricity sector is the development of its hydropower potential. He also pointed to the report which stated the coalition Government’s commitment to resume the project.More importantly however, the former President quoted a section of page 32 of the report which stated that constructing Amaila would have helped to cut electricity costs by more than 50 per cent for the energy produced by the AFHP or US$3.3 billion over 20 years.“Jordan is talking about saving money and reducing cost. The figure is US$3.3 billion in 20 years nearly G$700 billion by building Amaila. And you know who would have saved it? The consumers of this country. We can’t find $9 billion to keep sugar alive for the next couple of years or the $1.7 billion grant to schoolchildren. But we killed an opportunity that would have saved us that much.”The Opposition Leader has repeatedly called on Government to restart the AFHP immediately, and has said that he was willing to engage in discussions on all the recommendations set out in the report.last_img read more

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first_img“Defence was great tonight. All of the shots were pretty much from outside the house. It wasn’t much work, just tracking the puck. When you get a lot of shots it goes good. You can stay warm in the game and your head is in it,” He said.Scoring for the Huskies were Cayle Bell (3), Jacob Lang, and Shawn Wilson.Final shots were 53-33 for Sexsmith.The Huskies next game is scheduled for Wednesday in Dawson Creek against the Junior Canucks. Despite being down four regulars last night against one of the NWJHL’s top offenses, the Fort St. John Huskies got the job done against the Sexsmith Vipers. Cayle Bell scored a hat trick, and Logan Edwards had what was easily his best game between the pipes as he made 51 saves on the way to a 5-2 win.The Huskies had a 1-0 lead after the first period and had eventually built themselves a 3-0 lead in the second despite being heavily outshot. The Vipers closed the gap to two and seemed to be taking over momentum in the game but a late goal in the period by Fort St. John seized it back.The clubs exchanged goals in the third to conclude the scoring.- Advertisement -Assistant coach Todd Alexander was thrilled with the work of his goaltender saying the time and energy being put in is starting to pay off.“Edwards had his best game of the year tonight. He played awesome. He was under control, he was athletic, and his rebounds were money tonight. He’s been working hard and he deserved a game like that tonight,” he said.With a number of players out of the lineup including Kody Disher and Jordan Harder the offence needed to step up and they answered the bell with their offensive output.Advertisement “We know we can score goals. That’s not our problem around here. We showed that tonight. Those weren’t soft goals that were scored tonight. Those were good goals that were buried by our guys. It’s nice to see especially when we’ve got four regulars out of the lineup,” Alexander said.Leading the way offensively was Cayle Bell with three goals as he also earned props from the Huskies assistant coach.“When the pressure is on and we’re playing good teams he always seems to step up to the next level of play and again he came with his A game. When he’s going it’s a big lift for the team. He’s our top shooter and that kid can score,” Alexander said.In goal the 51 saves for Logan Edwards was a season high, but despite the heavy workload he said the defence in front of him did a good job making sure the shots came from low percentage areas.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgVickers, didn’t even qualify at Daytona while the four Toyota’s that did that did finished 22nd, 30th, 34th and 40th. “I think this finish means a lot for Toyota,” he said. “To be a new team in such a competitive series and come in our first race and get a top 10, I’m so proud of everyone. I think everyone is stoked about the situation.” With the remaining three Toyotas in Sunday’s race placing 32nd, 33rd and 39th, Vickers’ validation seemed that much more important. But certainly not all important. “On the one hand, given the situation at Daytona and that this is a new team, new manufacturer, I know everybody wants to jump up and down,” Vickers said. “The fact is, we’re all racers and we finished nine spots worse than we wanted to. It’s a tough balance. But at the end of the day, everyone is going to be happy.” Vickers, however, was quick to point out his car’s limitations. To win Sunday’s race, he said the No. 83 Toyota Camry required a different setup, something he wasn’t sure could have been done on pit road. But a top-five would have been attainable with flawless adjustments. FONTANA – Brian Vickers finished nine places short of his goal in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in Fontana. He admitted wanting to joyously jump up and down. NASCAR Photo Galleries: • Fans Auto Club 500: One | Two | Three Complete coverage: Motor Sports After a forgettable Daytona 500 last week in Toyota’s NASCAR debut, Vickers’ provided some much-needed credibility for the auto maker, driving his red Bull Toyota over the finish line in 10th place on Sunday. center_img Nevertheless, his team took a large step forward on Sunday. “We didn’t have any problems with the car,” he said. “We learned a lot about the set up and what we can do moving forward.” GILLILAND 25TH After an impressive Daytona 500 showing last week, former Chino Hills resident David Gilliland was a virtual non-factor Sunday, falling a lap behind the leaders early and never recovering on the way to 25th place. The driver of the M&Ms Ford ran in the middle of the pack virtually the entire race after starting 40th. “It’s not what we hoped for, but we came out of here with a 25th-place finish,” Gilliland said. “We weren’t good when we unloaded and we just never got where we needed to be.” As for the comparison between 25th place Sunday and an eighth-place finish at Daytona, Gilliland said nothing else compared either. “Just a different track, different tires,” he said. “Everything’s different.” PENALTIES There were 17 penalties handed out Sunday, including Tony Stewart’s for exceeded the 55 mph pit-road speed limit while leading the race on lap 158. Stewart dropped to 23rd, sacrificing a two-plus second lead while enduring the pass-through penalty. Dave Blaney was hit twice in a row on the 91st and 112th laps for pitting before pit road was open and speeding on pit road. Gilliland’s lone penalty was for exiting the pits too fast on lap 194. PARACHUTE OOPS During pre-race festivities, a skydiver unexpectedly veered his parachute into the narrow opening between the debris-catch fence bordering the track and the stands. The performer was uninjured, quickly springing to his feet and throwing his hands in the air, inciting a roar from the crowd. CELEBRITIES During the pre race drivers meeting, NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton named the celebrities and corporate CEOs on hand for the race. Singer Brian McKnight was the lone celebrity. “Short list,” he said about McKnight, who was there to sing the national anthem. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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