Borj Cedria Eco park to strengthen Cameroon-Tunisia ties
The Government of Cameroon is expected to ink a partnership deal with Tunisia that will see the transfer of technology to create a mega solar park in Cameroon.
Tunisia Ambassador to Cameroon Jalel Snoussi paid a courtesy visit to Cameroon’s Minister for Water Resources Basile Atangana and held consultative talks that are aimed towards construction of a solar power to spur green energy production in southern Cameroon.
“Through this center, Cameroon will be able to develop its human resources and the government to stop using foreign companies to develop its sustainable and renewable energy resources,” Jalel said.
Through this initiative, Tunisia’s main objective is to disseminate technical expertise to build the Eco Park. The Borj Cedria Eco Park will be established to offer training of engineers and researchers in renewable energy. According to Jalel, lack of know-how and engineering skills hinders engineers from carrying out development projects that will have a greater impact to people. ”If engineers lack appropriate skills, they will not be able to carry out development projects.” He said
Minister for Water Resources Basile Atangana said Cameroon has been heavily dependent on hydroelectricity and it seeks to diversify its energy sources to comfortably manage the country’s skyrocketing demand for power. Exuding optimism, Basile said other solar projects in the pipeline would be completed on time once the partnership was confirmed.
Currently, the Central African nation has an installed capacity of 1,292 megawatts. The mix of energy sources comprises 57% of hydraulic power and 21% gas power.
Tunisian energy company Borj Cedria Technopole mainly deals with high level of technological and scientific competence activities affiliated to research, development and innovative industrial activities. The company will spearhead the construction and management of the Eco Park once the deal is finalized.