(Business in Cameroon) - The news is not yet official but reliable and well informed sources at the US Embassy in Cameroon say General Electric will supply turbines to the Nachtigal generating station, located 65 km northeast Yaoundé.
No accurate purchasing amount is revealed but sources said the turbines will be used to operate the 420 MW dam. The supply contract follows the visit to Cameroon of Farid Fezoua, the company’s MD for Africa on December 4, 2018 when he was received by President Paul Biya.
The two officials discussed ways to strengthen partnerships. “The president agreed with me on the importance of welcoming American companies to Cameroon and providing them with good business conditions,” said Peter Henry Barlerin, the U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, who also attended the meeting.
Funds for the dam’s construction, valued at XAF786 billion were mobilized through a public-private partnership between the Cameroonian government and internationally renowned technical and financial partners such as Electricité de France (EDF), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Africa50 and STOA Infra & Energy.
Commissioning is scheduled for 2023 and more than 2,900 GW are expected per annum.