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iPAD Cameroon Energy Infrastructure Forum 2016


iPAD Cameroon is the only forum providing stakeholders in the industry with networking opportunities and facilitating investments and expansion of the power sector in the region.

Event Type:
Nov. 10-11, 2016
Yaounde , Cameroon

Why should you attend iPAD Cameroon?

  • Cameroon recently made 2035 as a target of becoming an emerging economy, hence the investment regime that has been implemented to stimulate foreign direct investments. Be part of the national prerogative to incentivize power development plans by 2020 and its electrification targets.
  • Get your foothold in an emerging but yet growing sector, by directly engage with local, regional and international key stakeholders, under the same roof. Regulator, government, TSO, private and public investors, banks, technologies & services providers, independent power producers (IPPs) will be present to enhance the potential investments driving a reliable power sector in Central Africa.
  • Share and discuss your expertise and experience in the region with the crucial decision makers and create tremendous business synergies and opportunities to tackle the current issues in the power industry
  • Cameroon is open for business. Contribute to the expansion of the transmission & distribution network, to provide adequate solution and promote the quality of your product and services with a low risk investment.
  • Facilitate the integration of the Cameroon’s power sector in the CEMAC region through iPAD Cameroon, the only high-level power & infrastructure forum in the country.

What you should know if you want to investing in Cameroon

  • Electricity demand is estimated to grow by 6%, partly driven by rapid electrification of the region, with an anticipation of 750 000 connections by 2021
  • By 2020, the government aims to achieve a 48% countrywide electrification rate, a 75% electricity access rate and a 20% rural electrification rate
  • Rural electrification – barely reach 14% in 660 localities, but current extension of interconnected grids, through isolated diesel power plants and mini hydro plants
  • Power sector is liberalised, providing opportunities for the private sector and IPPs (Independent Power Producers) to get a foothold in this growing but promising industry

Commodities & energy sources available:

  • Hydro power – 2nd largest generation capacity in Sub Saharan Africa, with a potential 23GW added through Lom Pangar Dam
  • Solar – 5.8 KWh/day/m2, mostly through distributed generation system. Facing growing opportunities, as there is only 50 PV installations so far across the country
  • Wind – potentiel in the North of the country (5-7 m/s) as the south doesn’t have enough capacity
  • Biomass – 3rd largest capacity in Africa (25 million hectares of forest), mostly use for lightening and heating
  • Natural gas – proven resources of non-associated gas estimated at 5 TCF. Such a capacity could run a 5 000 MV power plant for 20 years
  • Geothermal – potential unknown but hot springs are found in extensive areas: Ngaoundéré, Mt Cameroon and Manengoumba area with Lake Moundou.

Key upcoming projects:

  • Lom Pangar dam project – scheduled to have a capacity of 1 192 MW, with an potential increase to 10 000 MW by 20185 (investments opportunities reaching US$494 million)
  • 216 MW gas-fired power plant is yet to be developed by Infrastructure Consortium of Africa in Kribi in Cameroon (US$387 million)
  • The total cost investment for an expansion of the transmission and distribution network across the country will require US$405 million.
  • African Development Bank has committed up to USD 1.34 billion over the next 5 years for power projects investments in the region.
  • Current installed capacity – 1536MW, shared by ENEO Cameroon SA (938 MW), DPDC (86 MW), EDC (100 MW), IPPs (412 MW)

The hydroelectric power potential of Cameroon is the second in Africa after DRC, estimated around 23 000 MW but the currently installed capacity represents only about 4% of this technically feasible exploitable supply.

The country has an installed capacity estimated around 1536 MW, mostly owned by ENEO Cameroun (938 MW), and is currently building small and large scale hydro and thermal plants to contribute to electricity access, barely reaching 46% so far, to 4 000 MW by the end of 2030.

Cameroon relies on approximately 30 aging diesel power stations as back-up facilities, the largest of which are located in Garoua (20.0 MW), Douala
(15.4 MW), and Yaounde (10.8 MW) 30% of the government budget goes to public projects (such the Lon Pangar Dam), but more private investment is needed to work alongside this. Moreover the Ministry of Economy announced the 10 year programme until 2020 to attain a production of 3,000 MW of electricity.

In order to lower the domestic and commercial price of electricity supply, such an investment would require over €4.4 billion of financing, making possible the design and construction of power plants, including small scale dams, solar units, and biomass plants, as Cameroon owns the 3rd largest capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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