The Cameroonian Minister of Water and Energy, Gaston Eloundou Essomba, is presiding on January 18, 2021 the official launching ceremony of the construction of the bridge over the Lom River in Touraké, in the eastern region of the country. 140 meters long, this infrastructure will be built by the Razel company.
“At a total cost of 9 billion FCFA, the Touraké bridge will allow the safe crossing of the Lom river, people and goods, at any time of the year, especially after filling the dam reservoir. of Lom Pangar ”, explains Electricity Development Corporation (EDC), the state-owned heritage company in the electricity sector.
Expected for several years, the Touraké bridge is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD). By facilitating mobility around the Lom Pangar dam, this structure will improve the evacuation of products from fishing activity, which developed around the dam as soon as it was impounded in 2015.
According to EDC, the construction of the Touraké bridge is part of the implementation of the Environmental and Social Management Plan of the Lom Pangar hydroelectric project. In particular, this project made it possible to build a dam in the Eastern region with a retention capacity of 6 billion m3 of water, to regulate flows upstream of the Sanaga River, which houses 75% of the hydroelectric potential of the Cameroon.
The project also includes the construction of a foot plant with a production capacity of 30 MW, which will put an end to the electricity supply problems facing the eastern region. This work showed a completion rate of 9% as of December 31, 2020.