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After a one-month transition period – beginning April 27, 2018 – the National Electricity Transport Corporation (SONATREL) has been in sole charge of managing Cameroon’s electricity transmission network. 

Two concession agreements transferring competences from Energy of Cameroon (Eneo) to SONATREL were recently signed in Yaounde between Eloundou Essomba Gaston, Minister of Water Resources and Energy and Victor Mbemi Nyaknga, Director General of SONATREL.

Although the concessions have been granted to SONATREL, the state corporation still has to pursue some formalities in order to make it fully operational.

The Cameroon Tribune has learned that negotiations for new transmission contracts have to be finalised while other important documents are yet to be produced.

However, the transfer of assets and employees have already been settled between Eneo and SONATREL.

Electricity transmission network

It is reported that the minister called on actors, who have been assisting in the transition from the beginning, not to relent efforts in seeing that everything is set for the corporation to autonomously and efficiently fulfil its mission of managing the national electricity transmission network.

During the signing ceremony, Essomba urged the management of SONATREL to ensure that they put in place new electricity transmission lines, especially the Cameroon-Chad as well as the Cameroon- Nigeria lines.

He also called on them to improve the transit capacity of the transmission systems in place and reduce transmission losses estimated at 40%. Read more:Ethio-Kenya interconnection transmission line nears completion

Moreover, the minister said the number of hours of electricity shutdown due to malfunctions in the transmission system should be reduced while improving the stability of the electricity transmission system.

Meanwhile, Nyaknga assured that his team is up to the task. He noted that they will do all in their powers to see into it that users get the required energy to power Cameroon’s economy.

It is reported that this move falls in line with the country’s project to upgrade the electricity transmission network and reform the sector, which spans 2016-2022.

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