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Cameroon – Electricity: Cameroon moves towards the end of the low flow management of 2017 announcing the end of electricity rationing

Cameroon moves towards the end of the low of 2017 announcing the end of electricity rationing
Written by Gisele Alba

Credible sources at the Ministry of Water and Energy (Minee) report that Cameroon is moving towards the end of the low flow management of 2017, a period characterized by lower water levels in dams due to drought.

The current trend of water supplies to Lagdo leads our sources to announce the end of electricity rationing in the Northern Interconnected Network (NIN). Low-level management, it is reported, has been more difficult this season due to unfavorable hydrology combined with a 7.8% increase in demand in the northern part of the country.

This context has led to energy rationing, which currently amounts to 21 GWh, or about 10% of the total production of the period. To change the situation, provisions have been implemented to secure the supply of energy during the low waters of 2018. A diesel thermal power plant with a capacity of 10MW will be commissioned in Maroua as of the end of July 2017.

In the case of the Southern Interconnected Network (SIN), one of the calmest and most satisfactory low-flow management measures that the SIN has recorded over the last ten years has come to an end. Since 11 June 2017, the locks of the reservoirs of the Mapé dams (3.2 million m3 of water) and Bamendjin (1.850 million m3 of water) have been permanently closed. The flow of the intermediate catchment basin of the Sanaga, on the other hand, crossed the cape of 913 m3/s. In view of these trends, low flow can be considered as completed on the South interconnected network.

Despite a 9% increase in demand (which translates into an additional 50 MW capacity requirement and an additional energy of about 260 GWh), the supply/demand balance will be maintained In the SIN.

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