U.S. miner agrees to study Cameroon’s 350-MW Mbakaou

Hydromine of the United States has signed a letter of intent with Cameroon officials to carry out a feasibility study of the 200- to 350-MW Mbakaou hydroelectric project on the Sanaga River.

The Cameroon Tribune reported Hydromine proposes to develop the hydro project to power its proposed bauxite and alumina project in Cameroon’s Adamawa Region.

Cameroon Energy and Water Minister Jean Bernard Sindeu and Hydromine Chairman Peter Briger signed the letter agreeing to the 26-month study.

The agreement envisions construction of a dam and 35-billion-cubic-meter reservoir at the site of the existing Pont Rail Reservoir; construction of a hydropower plant capable of producing between 200 and 350 MW; and studying other production sites in future.

Hydromine, which specializes in natural resources development projects, formed a partnership with Hindalco Industries Ltd. of India, Dubai Aluminium Co. of Dubai, and the government to form Cameroon Alumina Ltd. to pursue the smelter operation at Minim-Martap.

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