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Cameroon Government Announces 6-Hour Blackout For Centre, South Regions, March 5.

By Jonas Ashu – Monday March 4, 2019.

Cameroon Government Announces 6-Hour Blackout For Centre, South Regions, March 5.

Eloundo Essomba Gaston, Cameroon’s Minister of Water Resources and Energy.

The Government of Cameroon, a Central African nation has announced a power cut for two major regions, National Telegraph has learned. The announcement has been by Eloundo Essomba Gaston, the country’s Minister of Water Resources and Energy.  Eloundo said there will be no lights in the Centre and South Regions from between 6 AM and 12 PM, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

According to a communiqué signed Monday, March 4, 2019, the Minister explains that the interruption in electricity supply is unavoidable due to the installation of a new 90/30 Kilo Volt at Nomayos. The works will enable electricity to be transported to a new cement plant that is expected to go operational in the days ahead in the affected regions, the communiqué states.

During the period of the blackout, engineers of the country’s electricity utility company, ENEO are expected to stabilise electricity supply in the localities of Mbankomo, Ngoumou, Makak, Namayos, and other villages and quarters in the peripheries of the city of Yaoundé in the likes of Ahala, Afanoyo, Meyo, and Messamendongo. The Minister has urged the populations to understand.  

National Telegraph has also gathered that there’s a new industrial zone in the West of Yaoundé that would also be supplied with an electricity grid. Meanwhile, 2019 activities of the Ministry of Water Resources and Energy would focus on promoting electricity network interconnection with neighbouring countries for purposes of energy exchanges.

As part of efforts at improving the population’s living conditions by ensuring their access to quality basic water, sanitation and electricity services at low cost, the Minister of Water Resources and Energy is working on a budget of FCFA 145 billion, 185 million this year, National Telegraph has been told.

A significant amount of the budget will be devoted to the continuation of the construction of power production infrastructures which include the execution of the Lom-Pangar, Memve’ele, Mékin, Song Dong, Bini à Warak, Chollet and Menchum dams as well as the modernisation of the electricity transmission network between major cities and the study of electricity interconnections with neighbouring countries.

The construction of a large capacity oil terminal in Kribi, the continuation of the on-going extension and modernization of SONARA, the construction of the Limbe-Douala and Edea-Yaoundé pipelines to transport petroleum products are other earmarked projects for 2019 which the proposed budget is expected to cover.

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