The Nachtigal dam, currently under construction in Cameroon’s Central region, is scheduled to be impounded on July 18, 2023. This operation will involve filling the dam’s reservoir with water, a critical step in the project’s development.
Once the reservoir is filled, the dam will be able to generate 420 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The first 60 MW are scheduled to be injected into the Southern Interconnected System (RIS) in December 2023. The installation of the remaining six turbines will be completed progressively, with the dam reaching full capacity in 2024.
The Nachtigal dam is a major investment for Cameroon, with a total cost of CFAF 786 billion. Once operational, the dam will increase the country’s current electricity capacity by 30%. It will also boost the contribution of hydroelectricity to Cameroon’s energy mix, which will lead to substantial savings on fuel purchases.
The impoundment of the Nachtigal dam is a significant milestone in the project’s development. It marks the beginning of the dam’s operational phase, which will provide much-needed electricity to Cameroon.
Moreover, the dam is expected to have a lifespan of more than 100 years.
The Nachtigal dam is a significant project for Cameroon. It will help to meet the country’s growing electricity demand and reduce its reliance on imported fuel. The dam will also provide a boost to the local economy.