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Energy saving strategies put into effect in Cameroon

Posted by African Press International on April 13, 2007

Yaounde (Cameroon) Cameroon on Thursday launched an energy information system in the capital, Yaoundé, with the view to prevent domestic gas, fuel and electricity shortages, APA noted.

The early warning system, backed by the Francophonie Energy and Environment Institute (IEPF), will collect and process all the economic and socio-economic data in connection with the sectors concerned, so as to prevent and plan the shortages of supply, the Water and Energy Minister, Jean Bernard Sindeu, explained to APA.

The survey began this week and a summary report of the national situation is expected at the end of the year, he said.

Cameroon is the 7th sub-Sahara Africa oil producer, but its crude oil (considered very heavy) is primarily exported. For local consumption, the country must buy other varieties from neighbouring Nigeria and refine them in Limbe (south-west).

Cameroon is regularly exposed to shortages of domestic gas (butane gas), and should import half of its monthly needs, which corresponds to 2000 tons.

With regard to electricity, the country underwent a serious crisis three years ago, marked by a long period of power cuts which caused a serious setback to national development.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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