Cameroon - Nachtigal Hydro Power Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Nov 2017
Signature Date 08 Nov 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Commitment U.A 101,696,771.52
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The present intervention concerns the Nachtigal Hydro Power Project. It’s a hydroelectric plant of 420 MW, jointly designed by the Republic of Cameroon, EDF International (Electricity of France) and the IFC. The project is to be built on the Sanaga River, 65 km northeast of Yaoundé, which has Cameroon's largest hydropower potential. The plant should be connected to the Southern Interconnected Grid (RIS), which accounts for 94% of Cameroon's electricity consumption. The project also includes the construction of a 225 kV substation and a 50 km transmission line to the Nyom 2 connection station. Nachtigal will be the third project to benefit from the hydroelectric potential of the Sanaga River, after EDEA (276 MW commissioned in the 1950s) and Song Loulou (384 MW in the late 1970s). The project site has good all-season road access, which will facilitate the transportation of equipment during the construction phase. The hydroelectric facilities and the production substation are located in the same perimeter, while the transmission line is located in another perimeter.

Project Objectives

The project’s objective is to provide safe, clean and affordable energy to end-users to drive green and inclusive growth.


The main beneficiaries of the project are the Nachitgal hydroelectric company (NHPC) and the populations of the Mbam-et-Kim department.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-CM-F00-006
Last Update 28 Nov 2022


Contact Details


Geographic Location

Country Cameroon
Coordinates Location Name
3.86667 11.5167 Yaoundé