The Memve’ele Hydroelectric power plant is one of the biggest in Cameroon with a capacity of 211 megawatts of electricity.
The constructions phase of the power plant that began in 2011 entered its decisive phase after signing of the work execution contract in April 2012.
The project estimated at CFAF 365 billion is located in Nyabizan on the Ntem River in the South region, 300 km from Yaounde.
The Earth fill dam is 20 meters high having a reservoir of 19 million m3 of water.
Water from the reservoir is channelled through the canal to the power house for the production of energy.
Following the completion of the construction phase, government signed another loan agreement in February 2017 worth 83 billion CFA Francs with Exim-Bank of China to finance the drainage of electricity from the hydroelectric dam.
This paved the way for the construction of 294 pylons between Nyabizan and Ebolowa to evacuate 211 MW of power from the dam to Yaounde.
The loan also financed the installation of 225 KV transmission lines and the construction and installation of three transformer substations with a capacity of 225/90 KV in the localities of Ebolowa, Nkoumou in the South Region and Ahala in the Centre region.
The project initially slated to end 2018 witnessed delays and an additional expenses.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) provided 112 billion FCFA while the Cameroon government disbursed 65 billion CFA Francs and Exim bank of China provided the remaining 243 billion CFA francs.
The Memve’ele Hydroelectric power plant is expected to provide sufficient energy to resolve the electricity deficit in the southern part of Cameroon.
The Memve’ele project is constructed by the Chinese civil engineering construction company Synohydro.
It is this company that built the Three Gorges dam in China, the world’s largest hydroelectric power station.