Yaoundé - 21 January 2022 -

Cameroon: Nachtigal Dam was 51.7% completed in late Nov 2021, Minister of Energy estimates

Cameroon: Nachtigal Dam was 51.7% completed in late Nov 2021, Minister of Energy estimates
  • Comments   -   Tuesday, 21 December 2021 13:35

(Business in Cameroon) - The Nachtigal hydroelectric project (420 MW) was 51.7% completed as of end-November 2021. The estimate was presented by the Minister of Water and Energy Gaston Eloundou Essomba during a visit to that site located 65 km from Yaoundé, on December 20, 2021.

“We are glad the lot that includes energy transport to Yaoundé is already completed. As of end-November 2021, the completion rates were as follows: 52% for the civil engineering lot, 48.2% for the first electromechanical lot, 99.8% for the transmission line lot, 88.6% for the ‘staff housing estate’ lot,” the official said.

According to the Minister of Water and Energy, more progress would have been recorded but for the coronavirus pandemic that caused between eight and nine months’ delay. Also, workers organized strikes several times to demand an improvement in their working conditions. Finally, the strikes ended with a strong implication of the government, which sometimes sent ministers on-site to appease the social tensions.

We asked the firm in charge of the construction [ Nachtigal Hydro Power Company] to make every possible effort to meet the new deadline. The new deadline provides that the first machine will be starting operations in July 2023 and the seventh and last in Jul 2024,” Gaston Eloundou Essomba informed.

Initially, the first turbine of the Nachtigal dam would have been operational by September 2022 and the whole dam by the end of 2023.

The energy infrastructure will generate over 2,900 GWh yearly. A result of XAF786 billion investment, the Nachtigal hydroelectric dam is the largest energy infrastructure ever built in Cameroon. The fund for its construction was raised through a public-private partnership between Cameroon and many financial and technical partners. This financial arrangement negotiated by Cameroon for the project is celebrated by finance experts. Its partners in the project are Électricité de France (EDF), Société financière internationale (SFI), Africa50, and STOA Infra & Energy, which created the construction company (with EDF as 40% shareholder).  

Sylvain Andzongo

The government plans to release XAF3.7 billion to help state-owned company Pamol Plantations Plc settle part of the debt it owes employees.  Indeed,...
On January 12, 2022, Compagnie fermière camerounaise (CFC), the new subsidiary inaugurated (on November 5, 2021) by leading brewing group SABC increased...
On January 19, 2022, Inter-progress Foundation, the organizer of the Yaoundé́ International Exhibition for SMEs and Partnership (PROMOTE), signed a...
Société Anonyme des brasseries du Cameroun (SABC), a subsidiary of the French group Castel, inaugurated its new research and development laboratory in...

Mags frontpage

Business in Cameroon n106-107: December 2021-January 2022

Nine projects and innovations that demonstrate Cameroonians’ genius

This is how Gozem plans to revolutionize the transport sector in Cameroon

Investir au Cameroun n116-117: Decembre 2021-Janvier 2022

La preuve par 9 du génie camerounais

Comment Gozem veut révolutionner le transport urbain au Cameroun