The project consists of building 225 Kilo Volt transport lines from Nachtigal to Ndjamena with about 10 sub stations to be constructed along the corridor that will convey more than 100Mega Watts of electricity from Cameroon to Chad.
The interconnection project will be carried out in two phases;
1- Connecting the South interconnected grid to the North Interconnected grid
2- Connecting Cameroon’s Interconnected Network to that of Chad through a transmission line that will be constructed to link Ngaoundere to Ndjamena.
The coordinator of the project, Serge Bekono explains that the transportation of hydroelectric power produced in the south of Cameroon to the northern regions will start at the Ntui power station in the Centre region and proceed to the Adamawa region passing through Tibati and Yoko.
He specified that project will improve and increase electricity supply to different households in Cameroon and consequently contribute to the improvement of the welfare of citizen.
He noted that the Heads of State of the two neighbouring countries; President Paul Biya of Cameroon and President Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno of Chad are the initiators of the integrative project which is the first in the energy sector in the Central African Sub region.
Both leaders have signed the expropriation decrees setting the pace for compensation to be paid to populations affected by the project.
Electricity transport lines, cross-border interconnections and transformer stations between Chad and Cameroon will be constructed to transport high voltage electrical energy from Cameroon to the Chad through the corridor.
During the effective start of the project electricity will be supplied to 468 villages, including 409 in Cameroon and the rest in Chad.
It will also facilitate the industrialization of the two countries and contribute to the fight against unemployment with the creation of businesses in both countries.
The Inter-State Steering Committee have met in Yaounde to follow-up on the project. The meeting comes after that of the joint technical committee in charge of the operationalisation that was held on October 6, 2023.
Serge Bekono added Cameroon’s mission is to build nearly 1024km of transport lines with dozens of transformer stations and electrify 409 villages while Chad will do the same actions with the difference that it should electrify 68 villages. Each country has its project management unit.