- The complete commissioning of the Memve’ele dam in the southern region of Cameroon is still dependent on the completion of the construction of the Nyabizan-Yaoundé evacuation line.
- Only 5 kilometers of the 225Kv, 270 km Nyabizan-Yaoundé transmission line is still to be constructed.
- The populations located along the route of this line are claiming nearly FCFA 3 billion (5 million euros) in compensation.
The authorities have not yet validated the decree on this compensation, which is conditional on the occupants vacating the site in order to complete the work. The problem of compensation arises in the locality of Ngomedzap, Nyong et So’o department, from the village of Nkolkoumou where work has stopped. The departments of Mefou and Afamba, Mefou and Akono and Mfoundi where the capital Yaoundé is located are also affected by the claims of the people
The Memve’ele hydroelectric currently produces between 60 – 90MW of energy into the South Interconnected Network. Once the new 225 Kv line is completed, the production is expected to step up to full capacity of 211MW.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal