Approximately 700 localities without electricity in six of the ten regions of Cameroon will soon be electrified owing to the Rural Electrification and Energy Access Project in Underserved Areas of Cameroon (Perace).
The announcement was made by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Water and Energy, Adolphe Ndjouke Thome, during the 4th session of the steering committee of the open Perace in Yaounde.
The targeted localities
Among the targeted localities, 315 are in the Far North, 200 in the North, 70 in Adamaoua, 30 in the East, 49 in the North-West, and 30 in the South-West. That is to say coverage of more than 2.7 million inhabitants which equals roughly to 370,000 households.
The project consists of the construction and renovation of low voltage lines, the construction, and rehabilitation of transformer stations, and the construction of small hydropower plants of lower powers, as well as solar photovoltaic plants.
The localities will be electrified as the project evolves, for it extends over a period of five years.
Funding for the project
Estimated to cost approximately over US$ 55m, the project in question is funded by the World Bank.
On June 12, last year an agreement of over US$ 162m was signed between the representative of the World Bank, Ibrah Ramdam Sanoussi, and the Cameroonian Minister of the Economy, plan and land use planning, Alamine Ousmane Mey.
These funds would facilitate the start of the implementation of the project.
Objective of the Perace
The main development objective of the Perace is to increase electricity access in underserved regions of the Central African country.
This will be achieved through the extension and reinforcement of existing networks, the construction of solar mini power plants through public-private partnerships (PPP), the establishment of a revolving fund to help finance initial household connection costs, and the strengthening of institutional capacity of the electricity sector and project management.