Project General Description
The Dibamba project aims to rapidly respond to the urgent problem of power outages and load shedding (particularly during the dry season), which have beset the country and acted as a constraint on its sustainable economic growth. The project involves the engineering, financing, and construction of an 86 MW thermal power plant and switchyard at Dibamba, with a 2-km 90 kV transmission line to connect the plant to the Southern Interconnected Grid, which provides electricity to the most populated and industrialized areas of the country. Its implementation will contribute directly to the development of the electric power infrastructure of Cameroon. By constructing the 86 MW power plant, the Dibamba project will provide additional capacity to support industrial expansion and meet the increase in demand, which currently runs at 6% per annum and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. In addition, the project provides peaking and reserve capacity, thereby addressing a critical shortage in Cameroon electricity system.
The project will improve the reliability of energy supply and reduce the cost of energy for private firms and industries alike (by avoided use of private diesel generators). As a thermal power plant, Dibamba will help to diversify electricity generation in Cameroon, which is otherwise mainly hydropower based and so liable to be badly affected by drought and climate change.