U.S. funds study of Cameroon’s 75-MW Bini a Warak

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) has approved a grant to Cameroon for investment analysis of the proposed 75-MW Bini a Warak hydroelectric project at Warak.

U.S. firms are to be recruited to perform the study.

TDA signed agreements May 16 with the Cameroon Ministry of Energy and Water Resources for the US$662,000 grant for Bini a Warak, and another grant of US$695,000 for technical assistance to expand the 85-MW Limbe power plant and convert it from heavy fuel oil to natural gas.

The Bini a Warak grant is to fund an assessment of the viability of the hydroelectric project, which would be built on the Vina North River in Cameroon’s Northern Province.

The hydro project study also is to examine construction of transmission and distribution facilities for power deliveries in northern Cameroon and for exports to Chad and Nigeria. TDA said the plant would provide the isolated Northern Province needed power and the national government needed revenues from power exports.

TDA said U.S. firms will be invited to submit proposals to perform the Bini a Warak study. A winning bidder is to be chosen by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources. A solicitation is to be issued on the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov.

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