Multinational - Cameroon and Chad Power Interconnection Project (Cameroon component)

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Dec 2017
Signature Date 03 Apr 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2027
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2027
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 171,967,234.59
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Cameroon-Chad Power Interconnection Project 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.

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. 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. The execution of works will create jobs, of which at least 15% will be for women/girls. Lastly, it will enable industries in the countries concerned, in particular, and the sub-region, in general, to develop and expand their commercial and production activities. It will also promote the regional integration and economic development of Central Africa.

Participating Organization

Société Nationale de Transport de l#Electricité (SONATREL)
African Development Bank
African Development Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-072
Last Update 21 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Jean-Pierre MUTSINZI

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
7.32765 13.5847 Ngaoundara
10.5909 14.3159 Maroua