19 March 2008 – Cameroon will spend US$349 building two new power plants, Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni revealed this week.
"We need to render our economy more competitive and sustainable by boosting industrial development and this can’t succeed without adequate energy supply," he told reporters.
The money will be spent on a thermal power plant at Yassa-Dibamba. The plant will operate on either heavy fuel oil or gas and will have a generation capacity of 86MW. It is expected to come on line in January 2009.
Cameroon current installed capacity is 933MW, but demand is sitting at 1 000MW.
"The demand for energy in Cameroon increases by 6% every year and 95% of the supply depends on hydroelectric power, which takes time to build," says Jean-David Bile, AES Sonel general manager.
"By constructing the Yassa-Dibamba thermal station, we are giving a quicker solution to the problem."
The other power plant, a 152MW gas fired plant, is planned at Kribi, 400km south of Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon.