The Minister of Water Resources and Energy yesterday discussed with his counterpart from the Central African Republic.
The energy needs of Central African Republic, CAR, are in the neighbourhood of 120 to 200 megawatts annually, with the country’s capital, Bangui, requiring about 50 to 60 megawatts per year. The CAR government is thus seeking 200 to 300 megawatts of electricity that could meet demand in the next three to five years. CAR’s Minister of Mines, Energy and Hydraulic, Léopold Mboli Fatran, was in the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy on October 13, 2016, where he discussed energy cooperation with Minister Basile Atangana Kouna.
Léopold Mboli Fatran stated that his country was undertaking an ambitious project to construct an inland port in one of the border towns with Cameroon. The inland port is expected to speed up the flow of cargo creating more central distribution points. The project needs energy and CAR government wants Cameroon to be its supplier, the Minister said. “We need support from Cameroon to execute the project,” Léopold Mboli Fatran said, stating that negotiations were on for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to seal the deal.
CAR’s Energy Minister said the inland port was one of the integration projects between the two countries. He cited other energy projects that are expected to connect Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo as clear indication of cooperation between governments of the sub-region. “We are ready to undertake a power purchase programme from Cameroon’s for ENERCA Energy Company,” the Minister disclosed. He expressed delight at the response he got from Cameroon’s Minister, Basile Atangana Kouna, saying it was complement to President Biya’s support in quelling crisis in the Central African Republic. Léopold Mboli Fatran was accompanied to the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy by CAR’s Ambassador to Cameroon, Martial Beti Marace.
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