On 29 May in the northern region, Basile Atangana Kouna, Minister for Water and Energy (Minee), said he was made aware of the obsolescence of the Lagdo hydroelectric dam. “I commissioned a study to completely rehabilitate the plant, with the option of increasing its capacity from 72 MW to 80 MW. The forecast cost of this operation is 100 billion CFA francs, “said the government official.
According to him, steps are being taken at the Ministry in charge of the Economy, in search of this funding. The Minee revealed that he recently accompanied Prime Minister Philemon Yang to China to present Lagdo’s rehabilitation project to a Chinese bank, the Icbc (International and Commercial Bank of China).
Also during the ministerial visit, Joël Nana Kontchou, CEO of Eneo Cameroon, an electric power company, explained that since it was commissioned in 1983, Lagdo is the main source of production in the North Interconnected network (NIN). With an installed capacity of 72 MW and a single tank, it has in the past covered all the electricity needs of the region.
“But with a demand growing by 7.8% per year, 72 MW of power at the peak has already been reached this year. This means that the structure has almost reached saturation on the electromechanical plane, and moreover, in terms of operation, the filling of its reservoir suffers from climatic and environmental hazards. Studies have shown a natural silting, given the length of exploitation and the geotechnics of soils in this region. ” said the CEO of Eneo.
While waiting to raise funds to rehabilitate the Lagdo dam, Basile Atangana Kouna, evoked solutions in the short and medium term. He spoke, for example, of the Bini project at Warak in Adamawa. It will bring 75 MW to the North grid, plus the capacity currently required at the peak. So in reality, with the forthcoming commissioning of this development, the NIN should be largely surplus in terms of installed energy capacity.
Apart from this solution, the Minee announced that the Eneo dealer will install and operate a 10 MW thermal power plant in Maroua by July 2017 at the latest. All the related contracts have already been concluded with Aggreko. In the medium term, Eneo will build two solar power stations in Maroua and Guider, with a capacity of 15 and 10 MW respectively, ie a total of 25 MW. The procedures for contracting companies are already in progress.