Multinational - Study on the Cameroon-Chad Electricity Interconnection Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 07 Oct 2013
Signature Date 29 Jan 2014
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Sep 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 1,064,039.15
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Cameroon-Chad interconnection study stems from the desire of both countries to optimize the use of their energy resources by integrating their electricity generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. Indeed, Cameroon and Chad face major economic and social development difficulties resulting from various constraints, which include: (i) the small size of their domestic markets; (ii) poor economic diversification; and (iii) structural deficits and exorbitant energy costs. The Cameroon-Chad interconnection line is recognized within the power exchange scheme of the member-states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) as part of the key power exchange infrastructure envisaged for this area. This study is an appropriate response to the electricity supply constraints and difficulties faced by the two countries. Indeed, implementation of the project that will result from this study will raise the electricity access rate which is low in both countries. It will also make it possible to increase power exchange between Cameroon and Chad. The study thus has two components: one involving interconnection of the power grids of Cameroon and Chad, and the other, rural electrification along the corridors of the transmission lines. It will be conducted in two main phases, namely: (i) a preliminary study, and (ii) an enhanced preliminary design study that sets out the main tasks required at the final design stage. With an estimated cost of UA 3.060 million net of taxes, it will be implemented over a 20-month period from January 2014.

Project Objectives

The sector objective of the study is to boost cooperation and regional integration and improve access to electricity. Its specific objectives are to: (i) examine the technical, economic and financial feasibility as well as the environmental and social impact of the interconnection project; (ii) study the electrification of localities situated along the power transmission lines; (iii) define the institutional and commercial framework of the project; and (iv) prepare draft agreement protocols on the institutional and commercial frameworks defined, as well as bidding documents.


The direct beneficiaries of the study are the energy ministries of both countries, as regards the finance sourcing, and CAPP as the ECCAS specialized organ tasked with implementing the energy policy, monitoring studies, building community infrastructure and organizing electric power exchange and related services within the Community area. CAPP will be the executing organ of the study and will be supported by a technical study monitoring committee (CTSE) composed of experts appointed by the two governments concerned.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Cameroun : Société Nationale de Transport de l’Electricité (SONATREL)


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-081
Last Update 05 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name MUTSINZI Jean-Pierre

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
6 12.5 Cameroon
15 19 Chad