Multinational - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) Electricity Networks Interconnection Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 06 Nov 2013
Signature Date 28 Nov 2013
Planned Completion Date 31 Oct 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Commitment U.A 22,705,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) electricity networks interconnection project involves the construction of a 1,357-km-long double circuit high voltage (225 kV) line to connect the national networks of the four countries. The unavailability of electric power and its high cost are among the main obstacles to economic development and poverty reduction in these countries. The construction of this line is part of the backbone of the Mano River Union countries and the priority projects of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) Master Plan. The CLSG project is a structuring project which, in its first phase, will enable Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to import electricity from Côte d’Ivoire. The project, estimated at an overall cost of UA 331.51 million, net of taxes, will be implemented over the 2014-2017 period. Its implementation will help complete the WAPP interconnection network and enhance power supply security by 290 MW.

Project Objectives

The project will help establish a dynamic electric power market in the West African sub-region and secure power supply for participating countries, which have a comparative advantage in importing power rather than producing it at high costs using their national systems. The construction of the power line will foster development of the huge hydroelectric potential of the sub-region (by the States and/or the private sector) by offering the possibility of electric power trade between the countries within the WAPP larger market.


The direct beneficiaries of the project are the residents of its impact area (24 million inhabitants) who will have reliable electric power at competitive cost. The project will raise the average electricity access rate in the four countries from 28% in 2012 to 33% by 2017. The increased electricity access will generally contribute to improving the welfare of the beneficiaries and lead to the development of social and income-generating activities. More particularly, the project will electrify about 115 communities located along the power line and supply electric power to 70 schools, 30 health centres, and approximately 1,500 small handicrafts, commercial and industrial businesses, 25% of which are operated by women. These achievements will help improve the performance of schools and health’s services, as well as increase the incomes of the people. The project will have direct spin-offs on national power corporations whose financial situation will improve as a result of the savings on production costs and the increased income generated by exporting countries.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Nigerian Trust Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-F00-046
Last Update 18 Feb 2020


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