Cameroon will save XAF156/KWh thanks to the 225 kV high-voltage line being built between Yaoundé and Abong-Mbang, in Eastern Cameroon. This was revealed by the Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba, during a field visit on September 18.
According to the official, once the construction works (handled by Indian Kaltaparu Power Transmission Ltd) are completed in February 2022, the thermal power plant of Bertoua will stop production while the line transports hydroelectric energy of Memve'ele to the Eastern and Central regions. He indicated that while the production cost of the Bertoua plant (powered by diesel) is XAF200/KWh, the production cost of the Memve'ele power plant is below XAF44/KWh. This thus represents a significant reduction in production costs.
The hydroelectric energy of Memve'ele will also boost the volume of energy supplied to the concerned regions and improve the quality of energy by reducing the frequency and duration of power outages in the regions.
For the time being, the execution rate of the 225 kV Yaoundé-Abong-Mbang line is 20.15%; 151 foundations have been completed out of 667 while 66 pylons have been erected out of 667. To carry out these works, Cameroon signed a US$ 110 million (XAF60.9 billion) financing agreement with Exim Bank India.