CENTRAL AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed an agreement for €30 million (US$33.78 million) in funding from the European Union (EU) for the completion of the electricity interconnection project between Chad and Cameroon.
Upon completion, the project will result in the construction of a 225-kV high voltage line between Ngaoundéré, Maroua (Cameroon) and Ndjamena (Chad).
A 225-kV high-voltage line link will also be built to connect Maroua (Cameroon), Bongor, Guelendeng and Ndjamena (Chad).
A report by Africa Energy Portal revealed that the total length of the high-voltage cables to be connected is approximately 1,024 km (786 km in Cameroon and 238 km in Chad)
The project will also include Medium-voltage high-voltage transformer stations which will be built along the voltage lines to enable the establishment of distribution networks for rural electrification.
According to the AfDB, the interconnection of electricity generation and transmission facilities in Cameroon and Chad will lead to significant gains in production costs for the direct benefit of national electricity companies.
The project will also, through the electrification of localities bordering the interconnection lines, increase the rate of access to electricity in the two countries and will generally contribute to the improvement of living conditions of the populations and the fight against poverty.