Bumbuna Phase II

The Bumbuna II hydropower project, located on the Upper Seli River in North East Sierra Leone, is the country's largest infrastructure project and is a key part of the Government of Sierra Leone’s long term Energy Plan.

The project involves building an extension to the existing 50 MW Bumbuna I facility. When complete, Bumbuna II will add 143MW of new capacity and, critically, will provide Sierra Leone with a minimum of 80MW of reliable, all-year round affordable electricity.

Construction on Bumbuna II is anticipated to start in 2019 with operations to start within 4 years of the start date. Seli Hydropower, the local project company jointly owned by Joule Africa and its local partner Energy Services Company (ESCO,) will be responsible for building, owning and operating Bumbuna II.

In August 2017, Joule Africa signed a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Government of Sierra Leone, marking an important milestone in the development of the project.

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Joule Africa has entered into a partnership with the Government of the Republic of Cameroon to develop the extensive hydroelectric power potential on the Katsina Ala River in the North West Region of the country. The area around the Katsina Ala River is among the least developed in the country. However, the region’s mountainous topography and significant river network makes it well suited to hydropower development.

The Kpep Hydropower project is the initial site to be developed as part of a cascade of five sites on the Katsina Ala River in North West Cameroon.

In February 2017, Joule Africa signed a Letter of Intent with the Government of Cameroon to take the Kpep Hydropower project in Cameroon to the next stage in its development.

As part of the agreement, Joule Africa will undertake comprehensive feasibility studies to build on the pre-feasibility study it commissioned in 2012, which highlighted the potential for creating 485MW of installed capacity.

The full feasibility studies, starting in early 2019, will include topographical surveys, geotechnical investigation works, preliminary engineering design and a full internationally-compliant environmental and social impact assessment. In 2017, a 20% equity stake was sold to a Chinese partner, WIETC,  who are assisting with elements of these studies.

It is estimated that the feasibility study will take two years and that the plant will be commissioned in 2025.