Located on the Katsina-Ala River in Menchum Division, north of the city of Bamenda, and near the Nigerian border, the Kpep project is expected to have an installed capacity of more than 450MW. The project is expected to greatly benefit the people of Cameroon, as in addition to the increase in power capacity, the project will create jobs, as well as opportunities for training and the transfer of industry expertise to local residents.
The Government of Cameroon has identified increased power capacity as a key driver to realising the country's ambitions of becoming an emerging economy by 2035. Demand for electricity in Cameroon is projected to triple over the coming decade, requiring at least an estimated 3GW of additional energy infrastructure by 2020.
The Minister of Water Resources & Energy, His Excellency Dr. Basile Atangana Kouna, said of the new partnership: "Independent Power Projects (IPPs), such as this one with Joule Africa, are at the core of the Government of Cameroon's strategy for increasing access to water and energy. The involvement of the private sector is key to building necessary infrastructure and to realising the development goals that the country has set. Choosing to work with Joule Africa on this project further demonstrates the commitment of the Government to mobilising international investment for the development of Cameroon."
"We are delighted that the Government of Cameroon has identified Joule Africa as the appropriate partner for the development of the Kpep Hydroelectric Project,” added Joule Africa Managing Partner, Mark Green. “This is the second project under development for us in sub-Saharan Africa. We are committed to working closely with both the technical and financial community in Cameroon to make this a genuine partnership between Joule Africa and the people and Government of Cameroon."
Joule Africa will undertake the development with local partner Bethel Industrievertretung Inc. Ltd of Bamenda-Cameroon, whose consulting services enabled this IPP, and European engineering firm, lahmeyer International GmbH.