Cameroon: Hydromine announces the construction of the 4th largest dam in Africa on Sanaga

This dam called “Grand Eweng” will cost 1500 billion CFA francs and will generate 1800 megawatts of energy in Cameroon by 2025.

The US firm Hydromine announced last October 26, to be in the process of investing 3 billion dollars (1500 billion CFA francs) in a construction project of the Grand Eweng dam. It will be located on the Sanaga River, near the village of Kan in the department of Sanaga Maritime and that of Dibang in Nyong Ekelle.

According to François Mazé, country director of Hydromine, this is a project “very big in size but very simple in design”, which could allow Cameroon to make better use of its “white gold” to replace the oil. In the field, the company began laying the boundary markers of the construction site, and evaluating the property to be destroyed for the installation of the structure.

According to the American company’s schedule, the Grand Eweng Dam could be completed by 2025. 14 billion would have been committed to feasibility studies, and the results would already be available. It is expected, in 2018, the signing of the contract for the purchase of electricity that will leave the 10 turbines 180MW of the plant, and the final work will be returned to the State of Cameroon after 30 years.

Hydromine will implement this project with “100% private” financing, and co-shareholders come from China, the United States and Europe, François Mazé said. The latter also points out that his company has experience of this type of projects in Uganda (Bujagali 250 MW), Nigeria (Zungeru 700MW) and South Africa (Ingula 1.3 GW).

Source: JournalduCameroun