CAMEROON is to supply CHAD with energy come 2022

Cameroon and Chad are working on an energy transfer project consisting of building new facilities to transfer energy to Djamena through Ngoaundere and Maroua. The project will be financed by the African Development Bank to be completed by December 2022. Though questions remain if Cameroonian home based demand will be able to be satisfied by the production capacity, hope still sits on the fact that this investment carries a lot of promise.

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Dec 2017

Signature Date 07 Mar 2018

Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022

Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2022

Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign Sector Power DAC Sector Code 23630

Commitment U.A 27,500,000

Status Approved

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Cameroon-Chad Power Interconnection Project. It stems from the desire of both countries to optimize the use of their energy resources by integrating their power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. It will involve the construction of: (i) a 225 kV high-voltage (HV) main transmission line between Ngaoundéré and Maroua (Cameroon) and N’Djamena (Chad); (ii) a 225 kV high-voltage link between Maroua (Cameroon), Bongor, Guelendeng and N’Djamena (Chad); (iii) related high-voltage (HV)/medium-voltage (MV) transformer stations; and (iv) rural electrification distribution networks along transmission line corridors. In total, about 1 024 kilometres of HV transmission lines (786 kilometres in Cameroon and 238 kilometres in Chad) will be constructed and 478 localities along these lines (409 of them in Cameroun and 69 in Chad) electrified. It is one of Central Africa’s priority integration projects. Besides interconnecting the power generation and transmission infrastructure of Cameroon and Chad, thus significantly reducing the production costs of national electricity corporations, the project will, through the electrification of the localities along the interconnection lines, help to increase the electricity access rate in both countries, thus contributing to improving the living conditions of the population and reducing poverty.

Project Objectives

The overall project objective is to improve the economic and social development framework of Member States of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) through the supply of adequate quantity and quality of electricity at low cost. The sector objective is to increase the rate of access to electricity by the population of both countries, and strengthen cooperation and regional integration in the sub-region through energy trade between the countries.


The direct project beneficiaries are the National Electricity Corporation (Société Nationale de l’Électricité, SNE) in Chad, the National Electricity Transmission Corporation (Société Nationale de Transport d’Électricité, SONATREL), the Rural Electrification Agency (AER) and the Cameroon Electricity Corporation (ENEO) in Cameroon, which will operate the electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure constructed, as well as the population of the localities along the interconnection lines built. The project will directly affect about 8.9 million people, 6.5 million of them in Cameroon and 2.4 million in Chad.

Participating Organization

FundingFragile States FacilityImplementingPool énergétique de l’Afrique centrale (PEAC)


IATI identifier46002-P-Z1-FA0-152Last Update18 Jun 2020



Contact Details

Name MUTSINZI Jean-Pierre


Geographic Location

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