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Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Energy signed a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with Winch Energy to construct 24 mini solar plants that will supply power to over 24000 residents in the country.

The company aims to make these operational by June 2019 and over 6,000 people are set to benefit from the direct connection to the mini-grids in the first phase of the project. Before the signing of the contract for its development in Sierra Leone, Winch Energy had already started installing 12 power plants in small towns and villages.

“We believe that electricity and related services are transforming communities, contributing to the development of local businesses and increasing wealth and prosperity. We are committed to making substantial investments in Sierra Leone and we plan to win more customers and communities in the coming months, with the help of our local team,” said Nicholas Wrigley, Chairman and CEO of Winch Energy.

Mini solar plant project

Mr Nicholas pointed out that electricity to the health centres will be prioritized to ensure they have the services they need to provide adequate health services to the local populations, especially in the event of any future health emergencies.

The Government of Sierra Leone is also combining this initiative with the Rural Renewable Energy Project (RREP), who aims to provide up to 5 MW in rural communities through small grid-connected solar power plants, with PPPs.

RREP is supported by the English government through grants, and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). This project (RREP) is expected to impact a total of 70 communities not yet served by the national power grid.

Upon completion the 24 small power plants will produce a total energy capacity of 1.2 MW. The project will benefit the target communities through additional business services, which will increase income within the locality and offer a better serviced trading centre to the surrounding local population. The project will also encourage productive uses of electricity and larger industrial loads such as milling and welding.

 
 

 

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The Government of Liberia has signed an agreement with the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to construct two overhead bridges as part of Liberia’s five-year strategic plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

China Foreign Minister, Wang Yi confirmed the reports and said that further strengthen bilateral co-operation with Liberia the two countries signed a US $29.5m deal as the first tranche for the implementation of projects agreed to during the bilateral meeting.

Overhead bridges

This first tranche was transferred into a joint account at China Development Bank to be administered by both governments for the projects implementation. The projects include construction of the  two overhead bridges and the SKD Boulevard, respectively; the provision of food aid to be monetized and used for development purposes; among others.

Construction of the two overhead bridges are expected to ease the traffic congestion at the SKD Boulevard and the new ministerial complex in Liberia. Mr. Wang Yi further pledged an amount of US $300,000 “In Kind” – to the country’s Foreign Ministry to enhance its productivity and to build capacity.

Responding, Foreign Minister Findley thanked State Councilor Wang Yi on behalf of President Weah and the Liberian Government for China’s continued support to the country’s development agenda. He re-emphasized Liberia’s adherence to its “One-China” policy, which has deepened the relations between both countries.

Minister Findley emphasized Liberia’s preparedness to work with China in promoting the objectives of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). He expressed thanks to China’s deep interest in building strong ties with Africa, particularly Liberia; noting that in April, both countries concluded a memorandum of understanding at which time Liberia formally joined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Minister of State Nathaniel McGill signed the MOU on behalf of Government when he attended the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing.

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Liberia has dedicated the newly constructed ministerial complex worth US $53m. Public Minister, Mabutu Nyenpan officially turned over the facility to the president of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah.

Ministerial complex from

Construction of the building was initiated by the former president during her presidency and constructed by Jiangsu Construction Engineering Group. The building sits on an area of 24,000 square meters and features offices, meeting rooms, lecture halls, multi functional conference hall, archive room, administration rooms, and dining hall.


The development also has 255 parking spaces and other auxiliary facilities, which include water pump room (reservoir), substations and distribution room, generator room. Some parts of the building are already well-furnished.

Mr. Mabutu Nyenpan said that the facility will host host six government ministries and agency. The Chinese special envoy handed the symbolic key to president Weah and ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Largest Chinese government project for Liberia

The five ministries and one agency expected to be in the complex include; Agriculture, Education, Labor, Gender, Commence and Civil Service Agency. These six government entitles have been accommodated in private building for decades. Government spent millions of United States dollars on leasing private buildings for its ministries and agencies.

This is the largest Chinese government project for Liberia. It constructed the largest soccer stadium, Samuel K. Doe Sports complex, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Liberia Fendell campus and the newly dedicated Terminal at the Roberts International Airport. The Terminal was also dedicated on July 25, 2019. TNR

“This building signifies a very special relationship that has existed between the PRC and the people of Liberia for many years,” the Vice President said, thus affirming Liberia’s commitment to upholding the “One China Policy.” said Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“One-China policy” is a policy saying that there is only one sovereign state under the name China, despite the insistence by other parties that there are two states, the PRC and the Republic of China (ROC), both of whose official names incorporate “China.”

 

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The government, of Liberia has officially dedicated the newly constructed market in the Old Road Joe Bar community to dignify the selling areas of marketers.

The official turning over ceremony was performed by the country’s President George Weah who commended the works done and said that the government will do its best to fix the economy, but called on citizens to maintain the peace, as there cannot be development in the mist of conflict and confusion.

“What was damaged during the 14 years of civil war. This government is focused on rehabilitating Liberians whose lives were damaged as a result of the civil war. I don’t want you to join those who are undermining the country through protests. Join me to rebuild the country,” said His excellency.

New Old Road Joe Bar market 

Construction of the market which the president described to be a state of the art, was spearheaded by the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE). The project took 31 days to be completed as planned.

The old market, which was constructed several years ago, was in a deplorable state leading to the new development. Facilities at the ‘new’ Old Road Joe Bar Market in District #10, Montserrado County, include 400 tables, 13 shops, six modern latrines, including provisional stores to enable marketers store their goods in a much more secured facility.

Duport Road Community is one of few communities that have already benefited from market buildings, which the President has promised to construct. The 14-Gobachop is another market being built which is is expected to contain distinct compartments for the sale of different food stuffs and other goods as well as car park.

Additionally, as a major aspect of his advancement plans, Weah said the legislature was applying endeavors to change the lives of Liberians by structure solid homes in the spot of the cottages they have been living in over such a significant number of decades. He guaranteed that solid structures for poverty stricken Liberians would be worked over the 15 districts.

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The National Housing Authority (NHA) in partnership with AXHIS, a construction company from Burkina-Faso is set to build affordable housing units for communities in Liberia. NHA and AXHIS will construct 50,000 affordable units in phase one of the project.

According to NHA Managing Director Madam Cecelia Cuffy Brown the Government through President George Weah is working towards attracting more investment opportunities in the country. “In that regard, NHA has entered into negotiations with AXHIS and has agreed to work on this project. Modalities are being worked on with the NHA team for the project commencement date,” she said.

Addressing the housing situation in the country

Madam Brown further said that the project is key in addressing the housing situation in the country and further challenged the NHA team to work together with the investment partners to make sure the project is delivered in the shortest time.

 

Moreover, she reiterated that the development in the housing sector will create job opportunities for the youths and will also support efficient service delivery in the real estate market. “With several offers from international partners and real estate companies coming in, it will not take long before the government realizes it’s affordable housing objective,” she affirmed.

NHA and AXHIS came up with a tripartite agreement with the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment for down payment/cash deposit with the rest expected to be paid through a mortgage in 10 years.

Mr. Traore Moulaye Amadou head of AXHIS Technical team said that his team is ready to work together with NHA and Liberia Government in general as they aim to deliver 50,000 affordable housing units nationwide in line with President Weah’s Pro-poor Agenda.

Mr. Amadou said they are placing more focus on the F3 category of housing units that will be affordable to Liberians. “Houses on F3 category refers to units that have a living room and 2 bedrooms, which could be suitable for Liberian families aiming to afford a home without the expense of constructing one from scratch. More affluent units would be labeled F4 (3 bedrooms) or F5 (4 bedrooms),” he explained.

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The government of Liberia and the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) have signed a loan agreement of US $50m for the construction of a coastal Highway road.

According to the Deputy Finance Minister for Economic Management, Augustus J. Flomo, the loan is expected to finance works for the 50km road between Barclayville-Klowne and Sasstown on the Southeastern corridor. Speaking at the event, Liberia’s Minister of Public Works, Hon. Mobutu Nyepan, said that phase one of the project will begin in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to Grand Kru County.

The coastal Highway road project

The minister reaffirmed the government’s commitment towards road development and reiterated that its first priority is infrastructural development and the key is road construction. “As I speak to you the road between Gbarnga, Bong County to Voinjama, Lofa County is ongoing, while the road from Coca-Cola factory to ELWA Junction is in progress along with other communities road projects’’ he added.

The southeastern road corridor, which stretches from Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to Grand Kru County, is being considered as a ‘signature road project’. The project will provide apprenticeships to vulnerable youth in urban areas and support transformation of roads and value chain addition using productive public works and community-driven development approaches particularly for youth in rural areas. The project will also improve efficiency in the delivery of cash transfers to target households, including youth.

The mission of EBID is to assist in creating favorable conditions for the emergence of an economically strong, industrialized and prosperous West Africa that is fully integrated into the global economic system with a view to taking advantage of the opportunities and prospects offered by globalization.

The Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development is meant to get at least over one million people out of poverty in the country.

 

 
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The Forestry Development Authority (FDA) in Liberia is set to construct a US $330,000 regional office for region one (Bomi, Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Montserrado counties). This is after The FDA and the World Bank performed the ground breaking ceremony of the development.

The complex will be funded through the Liberia Forest Sector Project (LFSP), funding being provided by the government of Norway and managed by the World Bank.

One of two regional offices is currently being constructed as part of the institutional capacity strengthening component of the LFSP. In 2014, the governments of Liberia and Norway signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the implementation of the Liberia Forest Sector Project through a grant funding of US $36.7m provided by the Government of Norway, and an additional grant of US $4.7m from the Liberia Forest Landscape Single Donor Trust Fund.


The LFSP will be implemented by six government agencies, the FDA as lead entity, EPA, ministries of Agriculture and Mines and Energy, Liberian Land Authority (LLA), and Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-information Services (LISGIS).

FDA Managing Director, C. Mike Doyen, lauded the Governments of Liberia and Norway, the project implementing entities and community dwellers, as well as civil society for the successful implementation of the project. “The company will focus on carbon trade preparation for the submission of its Forest Reference Emissions level to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This will be done in January 2020 through the EPA,” he added

FDA regional offices for other regions

The remaining two regional offices for region two (Voinjama, Lofa County), and region Four Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County will be constructed based on the availability of funds.

When completed, the project will co-host FDA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Project is also aimed at improving the management of Liberia’s forest, and increasing benefit sharing for communities in the targeted forest landscapes.

 
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A 390MW power plant is set to be constructed in the town of Jacqueville near Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire. Known as Atinkou, the power plant is similar to the one developed by Ciprel, a subsidiary of the Eranove group and a leading operator in power generation in Côte d’Ivoire. With an installed capacity of 390MW, Atinkou also known as Ciprel 5 in reference to the four units of this power plant operated since 1994; will use the gas-steam “combined cycle” technology which increases energy efficiency.

The innovation

In addition, Atinkou will undertake a technological leap by introducing the first Class F gas turbines in Sub-Saharan Africa. These innovations will allow the production of more electricity without additional gas consumption. The cost of producing electrical energy is thus optimized and the environment is preserved by reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

 

According to the Minister for Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies, Mr. Abdourahmane Cissé, this power plant is part of the State’s ambition to strengthen the country’s electricity production capacity through new units operated by experienced private partners to enable Côte d’Ivoire to double its energy capacity to 4,000MW by 2020 and to consolidate its position as an energy hub in the region.

A concession agreement for the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a new power plant has been signed between Cote d’ Ivoire and Eranove Group.

About Eranove

The Eranove Group is a leading player in utilities management and electricity and drinking water production in Africa. The Pan-African Industrial group has been present in Côte d’Ivoire for several decades (SODECI, CIE, CIPREL, Awale, and Smart Energy), in Senegal (SDE) since 1996, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo via a service contract with Régideso since 2012.

 
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The Federal Government of Ivory Coast is set to construct a waste treatment plant at cost of US $186m that will treat water from Lagune Aghien, the largest freshwater reserve near Abidjan, to help meet the fresh water needs of the country’s largest city.

Fluence Managing Director and CEO Henry Charrabé confirmed the reports and said the company has won the contract to develop the waste treatment plant. He pointed out that the scope of work includes water intake, water treatment, bulk water piping, water towers and infrastructure.

Water treatment plant project

“This substantial contract award is testament to Fluence’s reputation as a global leader in water treatment technology able to deliver optimal end-to-end custom engineered solutions. The plant will integrate proven technologies – smart intake; separation and membrane systems; advanced oxidation; biological filtration; and sludge treatment,” said Henry Charrabé.

Meanwhile, the company is in discussions to arrange third-party financing for the Government of Ivory Coast through a loan from Israel Discount Bank. Financial close is expected in the third quarter of 2019 after which construction will commence. The facility will be completed within two years from the date of commencement of construction.

Additionally, Fluence has also been invited to bid for an operating and maintenance contract, which could provide further recurring revenue. Subject to financial close and project commencement, Fluence expects the contract to contribute revenues of up to US $20m in 2019, US $80m in 2020 and the balance in 2021.

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Nigeria is set to receive a whopping US $22m for the Abidjan-Lagos highway project after ECOWAS and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed the loan agreement to develop the project.

ECOWAS Commission President, Jean-Claude Brou confirmed the reports and said the 1,080 km Abidjan-Lagos corridor would connect some of the largest and economically dynamic cities in Africa and also link vibrant seaports which served landlocked countries of the region.

“With the approval of the member states, the ECOWAS Commission forwarded financing requests of approximately 89 million dollars to several development partners, including AfDB and European Union, to fund the technical and project preparation studies,” said Jean-Claude.

Abidjan-Lagos highway project

The signing of the Grant Retrocession Agreement was between ECOWAS, AfDB, and the contracts for the feasibility, environmental, socio-economic. The signing  and detailed engineering designs for the six-lane highway, was in recognition of the decision of the Presidents of Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Benin in 2014 on the construction of the highway.

“Promoting regional trade is enshrined in articles establishing AfDB and is a key pillar in the High Five priorities of the bank.”That is why the bank is investing heavily in high quality regional transport infrastructure throughout the continent,” said  Senior Director, AfDB, Mr Ebrima Faal.

Technical studies to be undertaken

The AfDB representative added that the objective of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Study was to undertake all the needed technical studies for the effective implementation, operations and economic development of the highway.

Mr Mayne David-West, Pearl Consultants and Civil and Structural Engineers, who spoke on behalf of the other consultants, said the project design would take two years and would connect to the planned East-West coastal road.

The EU representative, Mr Kurt Cornelis, commented that the project fitted in the framework of the cooperation of the EU with the continent and also the region.and acknowledged that the project would strengthen the competitiveness of the territories, stimulate investments, encourage regional integration for development growth and job creation.

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Ivory Coast is set to receive US $150m grant from World Bank to fund drinking water and sanitation projects in 12 secondary cities.

Part of the funds is earmarked for Phase II of the Strengthening Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project dubbed PREMU in French. The overall aim of the project is to improve water quality and increase access to water services in targeted urban areas.

PREMU

According to Pierre Laporte, World Bank Director of Operations for Ivory Coast, PREMU will help to create an enabling environment for private sector participation in a capital-intensive sector, through capacity building for stakeholders and improving the performance of public water services in urban areas. This includes capacity building for managers of the National Drinking Water Office (Onep) of Ivory Coast, particularly in financial planning.

The 12 secondary cities that PREMU project will established include; Agboville, Bingerville, Tiassalé, N’Douci, N’Zianouan, Béoumi, Korhogo and Ferkessédougou. In the city of Béoumi, with a population of more than 73,000 inhabitants, the project involves the construction of a water intake on the Bandama River in the village of Konsou.

The water will then be treated and stored in a 500 m3 tank. The Ivorian government states that the construction of a water treatment plant for the city of Béoumi and these agglomerations must be based on the continuity of the existing service and its reinforcement to meet the population’s drinking water needs. Thus, the rehabilitation of the existing treatment plant, which has a capacity of 45 m3/h, and the construction of a new treatment plant, which will provide 200 m3/h, will be carried out.

Pierre added that there will be construction of a 300 m3 water tower in Belakro which will draw part of the water treated by the newly built plant. The project will also reduce water losses and improve access to water in cities around the city of Abidjan. This is the case of Bingerville or Jacqueville.

Construction works on the project has been scheduled to begin in July 2019 and upon completion in 2024, it is estimated that it will benefit 1.2 million people.

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