Turning on the power in Cameroon

Kribi Power Development Company, a majority owned subsidiary of the AES Corporation, has commissioned the 86MW Dibamba power plant in Cameroon. The Dibamba facility will use heavy fuel oil and will sell power under a 20-year tolling agreement with AES SONEL, Cameroon’s integrated utility. Andrew Vesey, AES Executive Vice President and President for Latin America and Africa said, “The Dibamba project underscores AES’ commitment to provide affordable and sustainable power to the Cameroonian people. A strong energy sector is essential to Cameroon’s continued economic development and we are pleased with the progress we’ve made with our local partners to improve power generation and distribution.”
AES entered Cameroon in 2001 through the privatization of SONEL, the largest power provider in Cameroon. With the addition of the 86MW Dibamba facility, AES subsidiaries in Cameroon operate 1,017MW of installed capacity, the majority of which is hydropower. The Dibamba thermal plant will help diversify the country’s fuel portfolio by providing an important source of peaking power. In 2009, AES brought more than 890MW on-line in Chile, China, France, Jordan and Northern Ireland using thermal and renewable energy sources. AES also has projects in construction in Bulgaria, Chile, China, France, Greece, Panama, Scotland, Turkey and the United States.

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