Africa, Dams and Civil Structures

Dam safety bidding seen for Cameroon’s 396-MW Song Loulou

Cameroon utility AES Sonel is expected to seek bids for dam safety work at 396-MW Song Loulou Dam in addition to other power sector refurbishment tendering.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and AES Sonel signed a 65 million euro (US$82.6 million) agreement to partially finance AES Sonel’s refurbishment program. (HNN 12/21/06) Funds from EIB and other lenders also are to help AES Sonel refurbish electrical, mechanical, and control systems of Song Loulou, on the Sanaga River, and the 263-MW Edea hydroelectric project, also on the Sanaga. (HNN 2/16/06)

Song Loulou is one of the largest hydro projects in Africa, with eight 48-MW turbine-generators. Hydro-Quebec International was commissioned by Societe Nationale d’Electricite du Cameroon (Sonel) in 1998 to study reservoir structures to identify causes of concrete cracking and operating problems.

AES Sonel, now operated by AES Corp. of the United States, said it plans to solicit bids through 2009 for the Song Loulou dam safety scheme; 225-kV substations at Simbok, Etam-Bafia, Nyalla, and Makepe; and a 225-kW Mangombe-Nyalla-Logbaba transmission line.

For information, contact William Bennett, Director of Shared Services, AES Sonel, BP 4077 Douala, Cameroon; Tel/Fax: (237) 343-8795; E-mail: [email protected].