Why Central Africa?

Cameroon 

Natchigal project's (financed by the World Bank, EDF, the Government and local banks) construction will start in 2017 and its total capacity will be of 420MW.

Meve’ele Hydro Dam project (financed by the Government and Eximbank China) is 95% advanced.

In 2016 the World Bank has approved funding of $325 to improve the capacity, the efficiency, and the reliability of Cameroon’s National Electricity Transmission Network.

In 2019: Cameroon will host the Africa Cup of Nations and is working hard to deliver an efficient and reliable electric network.

Equatorial Guinea 

The government’s development agenda is guided by a medium-term strategy, the National Economic Development Plan: Horizon 2020, which aims towards economic diversification and poverty reduction. The first phase of Horizon 2020, focused on infrastructure development, was concluded in 2012.

The country has recently improved the capacity of its thermal station Turbogaz by 120MW as well as upgraded the transmission & distribution lines of the country.

The opening of the Djibloho hydro station in 2012 has also provided new capacity of 120MW. Due to the droughts there have been some shortage since 2015 and the country is awaiting the launch of the Sendje Hydro Station that will have a capacity of 300MW.

Chad 

Chad joined the list of oil-producing countries in 2003, and since then, its economy has become heavily dependent on oil.

The government is using solar minigrids (photovoltaic and diesel) to electrify villages and medium cities, already 40 villages have solar minigrids.

The African fund for Sustainable Development (SEFA) has launched a photovoltaic center of 40MW named Starsol which will be the first project with an IPP to be added to the grid.

Djermaya Solar is a pholtovoltaic center of 60MW, the first phase (half capacity) should be operational in 2018.

DRC

Currently, almost all contracts signed by the Government are accessible to the public.

The DRC participates in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and regularly publishes revenues from natural resources.

The continuation of the Gran Inga Dam project, aims to reach a capacity of 40GW that could considerably change the market.

DRC has recently completed the construction of transmission lines for the DRC/Zambia 220KW interconnection project.

Gabon

Gabon is an upper-middle-income country and the fifth largest oil producer in Africa.

It has experienced strong economic growth over the past decade, driven in particular by oil and manganese production.

The Gabonese government has based its new strategy on economic diversification (involving investments in energy sector).

A confederation has been created this year to protect electricity consumers: Confédération pour la sécurité des usagers de l’électricité (CONSUELEC).

Since 2012 a service called Airtel Money has enabled costumers to pay for electricity on their phone, this has secured more payments with the collection of 2 billion prepaid electricity per month.

Central African Republic

After a weak year in 2015, export growth appears to be more pronounced in 2016 on the back of solid production increases of key export goods such as gold, diamonds, wood, coffee and cotton.

Economic growth will also be driven by a rise in import and export activities, assuming continued UN peace-keeping efforts for security and escort of merchandise along the corridor.

Since 2016 the government has been working on upgrading the Hydro dam of Boali with a capacity of 10MW but never at full capacity due to losses, current upgrades will not increase the production but will limit losses.

Now that insecurities have settled down in the country, projects of Boali II and Boali III will continue and potentially double the capacity of the dam.