Cameroonian populations and businesses will continue to crush black until 2022. Indeed, in spite of the multiplication of the projects of construction of the energy infrastructures in the country, it is then that Theodore Nsangou, DG of Electricity Development Corporation (EDC), the asset company of the sector of the electricity, situates the existence of a true balance between the supply and the demand of electricity in the country.
“Today, the production deficit is not huge. It is of the order of 300 MW. The problem is that demand grows between 8% and 10% per year. So in five years the demand will have doubled and we will have to be able to respond. With the dam projects on the Sanaga, we will recover the balance of production around 2022, after the entry into service of Nachtigal (dam with a capacity of 400 MW, Editor’s note). Another challenge is the transport of energy that the government is focusing on today, “he said in an interview with Le Monde.
With a current installed capacity of about 1200 MW, Cameroon will in principle add almost 1000 MW of capacity to its electricity supply by 2022. Thanks in particular to the announced start-up of the Memvé’élé dams ( 200 MW from June 2017), Lom Pangar (30 MW after the construction of the plant at the foot of the reservoir), Natchigal (400 MW from 2021) and probably Song Dong (270 MW).
Moreover, the forecasts of EDC’s DG are more optimistic than those of Cameroon’s financial expert Babissakana, who projects “irremediable” needs ranging from 4000 to 5000 MW of electricity for Cameroon from 2020. This , He said, in “coherence” with the ambitions of industrialization of the country expressed by the government.