The French group Suez has announced that it will build, for the Chinese consortium Sinomach-Cmec, the drinking water production plant on the Sanaga River, in the Central region of Cameroon.
Concretely, explains the French group, Suez will be in charge of “engineering studies of the treatment plant, the supply of equipment, the supervision of the assembly of the plant and its commissioning”, in addition to training of Cameroonian staff.
“We are proud of this partnership established with the Cameroonian authorities, Sinomach-Cmec and Eximbank of China, to propose the technical and financial solution best adapted to the drinking water needs of the inhabitants of Yaounde [the Cameroonian capital, Ed]. This project is a significant reference for the group in Africa … “, said Marie-Ange Debon, DGM of the Suez group in charge of the international division.
As part of this subcontract with the consortium formed by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (Cmec) and the Chinese state-owned company Sinomach, the Suez group will receive 43 million euros (just over 28 billion FCfa). The work will be completed in 36 months.
This project financed by Eximbank of China will meet the drinking water needs of the people of the Cameroonian capital, through the construction of a production plant with a capacity of 300,000 m3/day.
This capacity is three times that of the Akomnyada plant (also built by Suez) which is, for the time being, the largest infrastructure to supply the Cameroonian capital with drinking water.
As a reminder, since 2012, year of launch by the Cameroonian government of a vast program of construction of infrastructures, China has become the first foreign investor in this country of Central Africa, eclipsing a long reign of French companies.
But, after an audience at the Ministry of Energy and Water in October 2016, the new Ambassador of France in Cameroon, Gilles Thibault, had clearly announced that “more than in the past, France intends to be more presents that it has not been for the implementation of energy and hydraulic infrastructures “in Cameroon.