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Cameroon-Chad interconnection receives USD350 million grant [free access]

December 21, 2021

The Projet d'interconnexion du réseau électrique Cameroun-Tchad (PIRECT) or the Cameroon-Chad Electricity Grid Interconnection Projecthas received an approximately USD 306 million financial boost from the World Bank Group.


PIRECT stems from the need for Cameroon and Chad to optimise the use of their energy resources by integrating their power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure.


The scope of the project involves the construction of a 225 kV high voltage (HV) main transmission line between Ngaoundéré and Maroua both in Cameroon, and N’Djamena in Chad; and a 225 kV HV link between Maroua in Cameroon, and Bongor, Guelendeng and N’Djamena in Chad.


The direct project beneficiaries are Chad’s Société Nationale de l’Électricité (SNE) and Cameroon’s national electricity transmission company Société Nationale de Transport d’Électricité (SONATREL) and the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), which will operate the electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure constructed along the interconnection lines.


The project is expected to be completed by December 2022.