CAMEROON: Government Seeks $35m To Complete Yaoundé Water Project

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The government of Cameroon has just submitted a request to Exim Bank of India for a loan of over 35.5 million euros. The funding will be used to complete the Yaounde City Drinking Water Supply Project (PAEPYS), which was launched in 2017.

The request was made by Cameroon’s Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Alamine Ousmane Mey. Cameroon is requesting more than 35.5 million euros to complete the Yaoundé Water Supply Project (PAEPYS).

This financing should be used for the supply and installation of 348 km of tertiary drinking water network in the Cameroonian political capital and for the realisation of 29,248 individual connections to the drinking water network. The Indian company WPIL will carry out the work under a contract signed in June 2022 with the Cameroonian government.

Production of 300,000 m3 of drinking water per day

This work is part of the extension of the PAEPYS project, which aims to supply drinking water to the towns and localities around Yaoundé, notably Batchenga, Obala, Nkometou, Soa and Ntui. The project will allow for the construction of pumping stations, notably at Nyom II and Nkometou III, a raw water catchment station at Nachtigal, a pipeline network at Obala, a drinking water plant at Emana-Batchenga and an electrical transformer station.

The future facilities will tap the Sanaga River to provide 300,000 m3 of drinking water per day, a capacity that could be increased to 400,000 m3 in the future. The current demand for drinking water in the city of Yaoundé is estimated at 315,000 m3 per day according to the Cameroonian authorities. However, the only drinking water plant in Akomnyada that supplies the political capital provides barely 100,000 m3 per day.

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The Cameroonian government financed the first phase of the Yaoundé drinking water supply project with a loan of 399 billion CFA francs (more than 608 million euros) from the Exim Bank of China. Delivery of the facilities is scheduled for the end of 2022.

Inès Magoum


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