A $1 billion hydroelectric dam project planned for Cameroon’s Nachtigal River Is projected to be ready by 2020. According to Basile Atangana Kouna, minister of water and energy, this will add over 30% to the country’s hydropower capacity.
The minister went on to say that, work on the dam will begin by the end of the year and will have the capacity to produce 420 megawatts of electricity. The Nachtigal Hydro Power Company (NHPC) will build the dam 65 kilometers north of Yaounde.
The project is a joint venture of the Cameroon government, French state-controlled utility EDF, and the World Bank’s private sector lender, the International Finance Corporation. The partners have 40%, 30% and 30% stakes respectively in the project.
Cameroon currently produces about 1200 MW from hydropower. According to the water and energy ministry, the country needs 3,000 MW of electricity to support economic growth of 9.5 percent from 2018.