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Environmental & Social Review Summary

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Project number 28529
RegionSub-Saharan Africa
SectorHeavy Fuel Oil - Thermal Power Generation
Environmental category:B
Date ESRS disclosedNovember 23, 2009
Previous EventsInvested: July 19, 2011
Signed: June 30, 2010
Approved: June 29, 2010
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Overview of IFC's scope of review
Kribi Power Development Company (KPDC or the company), an affiliate of AES Sonel, the privatized integrated national electric utility of Cameroon, is developing a 86 MW Heavy Fuel Oil (“HFO”)-fired thermal power plant and 2 km 90 kV transmission line, collectively called the “Project.”

IFC has previously invested in AES Sonel to support their 2005-2009 investment plan. As a result, AES Sonel has strengthened its environmental and social management system to operate the company in accordance with IFC’s Performance Standard on Social and Environmental Sustainability (PS or Performance Standards). KPDC is receiving support from AES Sonel to develop the Project to the same standard.

IFC’s review of the Project consisted of appraising technical, environmental and social information submitted by KPDC and AES Sonel, including the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report, the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), and the archaeological assessment report prepared for the Project.

IFC’s appraisal team had interviews with:

- the KPDC project team in charge of environmental and social assessment and management;
- the environmental assessment team of the consulting firm (Scott Wilson) retained by KPDC; and
- the officers from Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Department of AES Sonel.

The appraisal also included:
- the Dibamba site;
- interactions with project-affected people along the 2 km transmission line corridor.

This Dibamba project was previously disclosed on April 25, 2008 as part of the Kribi project. Both projects are now being disclosed separately to reflect the separate investments.
Project description
KPDC is developing 86 MW Heavy Fuel Oil (“HFO”)-fired diesel engine power plant (Dibamba), located at Yassa village about 15 km from Douala, and a new 2 km 90 kV transmission line from the Dibamba plant to the existing Ngodi Bakoko substation. The Dibamba plant may be converted to gas-fired if natural gas becomes available. Sonel will also be the off-taker of the power produced by KPDC. The Project will be Cameroon’s first Independent Power Project (IPP). Dibamba will be an emergency thermal power plant to avoid major load-shedding. Construction works of the Dibamba plant is completed and testing has been performed. Site clearing activities and revegetation are being undertaken.

The Dibamba Project objectives are to provide peaking and reserve capacity in electricity generation, in order to meet the growing public sector electricity demand and industrial expansion. The project will help avoid load shedding during the dry season (which typically lasts from January to June each year).

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