Edéa hydropower scheme
The hydropower plant Edèa comprises three plants and is one of the three big hydropower schemes in Cameroon. It is located on the Sanaga River, the country’s largest, around 60 kilometers from the city of Douala.
In 1953 the first two units with 11 MW each were commissioned. At the end of 1950s and again in the mid-1970s the capacity was extended to 14 units with 264 MW in total. ANDRITZ HYDRO was involved in the original installation of all three stages.
In 2008 the owner, AES Sonel, awarded ANDRITZ HYDRO an order for the rehabilitation of the three units at HPP Edéa I, comprising the replacement of the three Kaplan turbine generator sets, including electro- and hydro-mechanical equipment. The works could be successfully carried out within a 40-month schedule while output of the units #1 and #2 could be improved by 44%, and of unit #3 by 33%, increasing the total capacity by up to 16.4 MW.