Cameroon plans to build a new dam and hydroelectric plant, with 75MW capacity at Bini Warak, in the region of Adamaoua, in the northern part of the country, PANA learnt Tuesday from official sources.
Cameroonian Energy and Water Minister Basile Atangana Kouna, said the project will follow the construction of a 70-km energy transportation line in 225Kv and 30Kv loads for the rural areas, as well as the rehabilitation of the access routes.
To this effect, two pre-qualification tenders have been launched for the project whose cost is yet to be announced.
According to the Minister, the dam is scheduled to start operation by the fourth quarter of 2018.
Cameroon possesses the second largest hydro-electric potential in Sub-Saharan Africa with a capacity for 19.7 Giga Watts (GWH), equivalent to a production of 115 Terra Watts/hour annually. But this potential is utilized at less than 50 per cent.
Energy production in Cameroon since July 2001 has been carried out by AES-SONEL, a branch of US firm, AES Corp.
At present, Cameroon has a dozen dams and thermal power stations across the country and also possesses abundant sunshine which is weakly exploited.
It also has a good potential in wind energy that is economically exploitable in the western regions and in Adamaoua.
Despite these strong potentials, Cameroon suffers badly from power cuts that have big consequences on the economy and on the lives of the populations.