The Chinese company Sinohydro announces that it will hire about 1,400 workers on the construction site of the Bini dam in Warak, in the northern part of Cameroon. Out of this global workforce, over 1,000 employees will be of Cameroonian origin, against 400 Chinese nationals, the company specifies.
With a production capacity of 75 MW, the future dam will replace the Lagdo dam, which is facing an ever increasing demand in electricity. Indeed, we learn from authorised sources, it has been a long time since the 72 MW production of this energy infrastructure, whose reservoir is regularly suffering from the results of the dry season, was sufficient to meet the needs of the three regions in northern Cameroon.
As a reminder, the construction works of the new dam will be financed through a loan granted to the Cameroonian government by the International and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). This financial support is for a total of FCfa 182 billion (US$ 311.2 million).
In addition to the actual dam, the hydro-electric Bini project in Warak also includes the construction of energy evacuation lines (70 km in 225 kv) and rural electrification lines (30 kv), as well as the rehabilitation and the construction of access roads to the site.