Construction for a 30 megawatts power generation plant, Lom-Pangar Hydroelectric Dam, has officially kicked off in Belabo sub-division of the East Region in Cameroon. President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) Dr. Akinwume Ayodeji Adesina was the Head of State’s special guest.
He laid the foundation stone in the presence of Cameroon’s Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Louis Paul Motaze,, Minister of Water Resources and Energy and Livestock, Basile Atangana Kouna, and Minister of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Dr.Tiaga.
The event was massively attended by elites, administrative authorities of the Region, parliamentarians and a cross-section of the population including CPDM supporters. The AfDB Group President opened with the biblical quotation “Let there be light”.
He expressed enthusiasm about the gigantic project which he said would not only supply electricity to Belabo but the entire East Region. AfDB will be implicated in all energy projects in Cameroon,” he said citing projects such as the Nachtigal dam, Kribi and Dibamba power plants amongst others which will connect 500,000 households in 2017.
The Deputy Mayor of Belabo, Thierry Angelo Mvodjongo on behalf of population laid the foundation stone for the power generation plant which will light up 150 localities and said it was a sign for hope to get out of darkness.
The Minister of Water Resources and Energy, Basile Atangana Kouna presented Cameroon’s roadmap in the energy sector , he said realise the earmarked projects in the sector are a driver to economic growth and the eventual attainment of emergence.
Located at the base of Lom-Pangar dam, the hydroelectric dam will provide 30 megawatts of energy to 150 localities covering about 10,000 households with an estimated beneficiary population of 50,000 people.
It will supply electric power to the East Region which is currently being supplied by thermal plant. Power will be transmitted via a 90 KV and 105.120 km long line. The project that is to last 30 months will be financed by the African Development Bank and the Development Bank of Central African States.