The French company IED Invest is building a mini-hydroelectric power plant with a capacity of 1.4 MW extending to 2.8 MW in the locality of Mbakoua, which already houses a dam of the same name in the northern region of Adamaoua. Cameroon.
The information was revealed on 16 December 2016 in Yaounde. It was during the signing of a power purchase contract between this company specializing in the development, financing and operation of small renewable energy projects and Eneo, the Concessionaire of the electricity utility in Cameroon.
The mini hydropower plant in Mbakaou, which will be the first such infrastructure to be carried by an independent producer, is scheduled to be commissioned in October 2018. It will enable more than 1,500 households in eight villages in the region of Adamaoua, to gain new access to electricity, we learn officially.
In addition, says Eneo, “in addition to improving service and quality of service in these rural areas, the project will generate greenhouse gas emission reductions of 2893 tonnes of CO2 per year, Due to the partial or total shutdown of the Tibati and Mbakaou thermal power stations, which are currently the main sources of power in the area “.
With an average annual production capacity of 10.9 GWh, this mini-hydropower plant will cost 5.5 million euros, or about 3.6 billion CFA francs, according to official estimates.