Electricity Transmission: World Bank To Offer SONATREL FCFA 190 Billion
The General Manager is just back from Washington DC where negotiations are on course.
Electricity transmission lines in Cameroon are due rehabilitation to improve supply. The World Bank is considering offering the National Electricity Transport Company, SONATREL, 325 million US Dollars, (about FCFA 190 billion) to renovate the country’s transmission network. Also earmarked is the construction of units for transformers. The General Manager of SONATREL, Mbemi Nyaknga, is just from sojourning at the World Bank’s Washington DC Head office where the project was approved, pending endorsement by the Executive Directors of the financial institution in December 2016.
Mbemi Nyaknga told the press in Yaounde yesterday, November 14, 2016, that transmission lines to be rehabilitated in Yaounde includes Ahala-Biteng, Biteng-Kondengui and Ngoussou-Oyom-Abang. The Littoral Region, like others, will also benefit from the World Bank-sponsored project which also entails constructing connecting transmission lines. He cited the Ahala-Abong Mbang line that will connect the Centre to the East Region. “We will also have one from Nkongsamba to Bafoussam linking the Littoral and West Regions. We have important projects like the ongoing hydropower dams whose transmission lines will be connected to the SONATREL network,” Nyaknga stated, stressing that government was committed to reinstating the supply of electricity in Cameroon.
Projects are ongoing to put an end to power outages by 2018. All the country’s 10 regions should be connected to the SONATREL grid by 2018, with its General Manager saying that the full ownership of the country’s electricity transmission by December 2017 should be a bolster to the plan. “We have already rolled out our company. We are now waiting for the transfer of assets and staff from ENEO. We are ready. With all the measures in place, Cameroonians will enjoy regular electricity supply in the years to come,” Mbemi Nyaknga pledged.