In Cameroon, over the years, the Lagdo dam reservoir has silted up, sometimes reducing the facility’s production capacity from 72 MW to 30 MW. The rehabilitation works, estimated at 100 billion FCFA, will be awarded to one of the 4 companies in the running: Voith (Germany), General Electric (USA), Sinohydro (China) or CWE (China).

So far the only declared candidate for the contract to rehabilitate the Lagdo dam, in the northern region of Cameroon, the German company Voith now has to face competition.

Indeed, its offer (provide financing, carry out the works and extend the production capacity of the dam from 72 to 80 MW) made to the State of Cameroon in February 2018, must now challenge three other proposals addressed to the government.

In a detailed diagnosis of the state of the Lagdo dam, carried out by Electricity Development Corporation (EDC), the state-owned power utility company reveals that the American General Electric and the Chinese Sinohydro and CWE (which has built this dam) are also in the starting blocks, for the rehabilitation of the only energy production infrastructure in the northern part of Cameroon.

As a reminder, because of the aging and gradual silting up of its reservoir, the production capacities of the Lagdo dam are often halved. Thus, it is not uncommon for this infrastructure to produce only 30 MW of the 72 MW of installed capacity. Hence the rehabilitation project, the cost of which is estimated at 100 billion FCFA by the Ministry of Water and Energy.

 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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