Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

13 February 2013

Cameroon: Bamenda Thermal Plant Resumes Operations

In the backdrop of irregular energy supply in recent weeks, the Bamenda Thermal Plant resumed operations on the night of February 12, 2013. Energy and Water Regional Delegate, Moki Ngando Emmanuel told CT that the Thermal Plant in the neighbourhood of Ntarinkon welcomed four tankers of fuel (36.000 liters each), on the same day and at least six other tankers were on the way to Bamenda at Press time. Moki Ngando said after functioning normally during the 2012 end of year feasts the Thermal Plant suspended activities pending the settlement of blils owed the supplier of fuel. On -the- spot yesterday CT spotted Inspectors of petroleum products from the Regional Delegation of Energy and Water controlling the quality and quantity of fuel supplied. The Manager of the Thermal Plant, Nonbo Nonbo was around, ensuring superintendence. He confirmed that all was well with operations and said it was the role of AES Sonel to ensure the effective distribution of electricity in Bamenda and neighbourhoods.

Announced by President Paul Biya during his visit to the North West Region in December, 2010, the Bamenda Thermal Plant was later declared good for use on January 12, 2012 after construction and testing by Experts of the Electricity Development Corporation, EDC. It took eight months to construct the most welcome facility with 20 MW of electricity to offer. Built to compensate for the nation's energy deficit, the Plant was conceived to strengthen energy supply and ameliorate quality in the North West Region. The Plant is served by 18 generators, nine Transformers, two fuel tanks, each carrying a capacity of 360 m3 and a 300m3 capacity water tank. It also features a control building, a switch gear and two auxiliary transformers and a battery room, ACDC room and chargers.

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