Cameroonian Hydroelectric Plant to Harness River Power

Cameroonian Hydroelectric Plant to Harness River Power


The government of Cameroon is partnering with French energy giant EDF and the World Bank to fund a $1.2 billion hydroelectric plant, slated to cover up to one-third of the country’s electricity needs.

Natchigal hydropower company has a 35-year lease to run the facility in the town of the same name, 65 kilometers from the capital, Yaoundé, CRTV radio of Cameroon reported.

Construction on the 420-megawatt plant was scheduled to begin in October 2016. The plant is expected to begin producing power in 2021.

EDF has a 40 percent stake in the venture, with the World Bank’s International Finance Corp. and the Cameroonian government each taking 30 percent of shares in the Sanaga River project.

A 50-kilometer transmission line will transport energy to the main Yaoundé grid.