Sinohydro, China’s largest dam builder, will assume control of the 200-MW Memvele hydropower project in southern Cameroon on Africa’s Ntem River.
Sinohydro has signed a preliminary deal to replace Sud Energie, a British firm that backed out of the project after negotiations with Cameroon failed, officials with the Memvele project said. Sud Energie agreed to build the project in a deal that was signed on Aug. 8, 2007. (HydroWorld 8/10/07)
Sud Energie agreed to transfer ownership and operation of the project to Cameroon after 20 years. “The Cameroon authorities considered this time too long,” said Gerard-Paul Onji’l Esono, head of communications for the Memvele project.
Cameroon and Sinohydro said they expect to finalize an agreement soon. Construction is expected to begin in March and the facility should start generating power by December 2014.
The project calls for the construction of a dam on the Ntem River, a power station, and transmission lines that tie into the national grid. The project also will provide power to Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. It is one of a series of projects planned to raise Cameroon’s capacity to about 2,000 MW by 2015.