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Cameroon - Lom Pangar Hydropower Project (English)

Ratings for the Lom Pangar Hydropower Project for Cameroon were as follows: outcome and Bank performance was satisfactory and monitoring and evaluation (M and E) quality was substantial. Some lessons learned included: there is a positive relationship between the quality of project appraisal and design and the performance in the achievement of the project’s outcome. This review concluded that the completion of the upstream reservoir management in Cameroon will result in a high rate of return and in a substantial net present value (NPV). When designing and implementing a complex project, the quality of dialogue is critical, and it matters to strike the right balance between the borrower’s and the World Bank team’s respective preferred options. A more pragmatic approach to associating reforms in the energy sector and the country’s strategic investments is more conducive to tangible results on the ground. For a project implemented in the context of weak economic governance and a breakdown of public accountability, the World Bank needs to step up its mitigation measures in fiduciary oversight of the project implementation. The construction of regulating dams and hydropower plants should be identified as a priority area in the World Bank’s interventions in its member countries, because it provides clean energy and has substantial and positive externalities. The transparent and sustained interaction between the Borrower, the construction company (CWE) and the owner’s supervision engineer was key to the successful delivery ahead of time of the Lom Pangar dam and reservoir. The role of independent entities and the panels of experts overseeing the construction of the dam and reservoir was central in achieving the project’s outcome. The Borrower’s commitment to a project’s results and objectives is the main predictor for achieving them during implementation. When designing the results framework of co-financed projects, the performance targets and indicators should aim to be aligned only with the activities funded by the World Bank Group. For a project with a dam construction component, environmental impacts are expected to be significant, and mitigation measures and resources must be well calibrated at appraisal. The sustainability and efficiency of a large infrastructure project such as a dam with a reservoir require progress and resolution in the reforms facilitating the establishment of an efficient mechanism to manage the electricity sector and the water rights. For a project with a dam construction component, reservoir impoundment must be prepared way ahead to avoid the loss of timber wealth.


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    Cameroon - Lom Pangar Hydropower Project

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    Economic Internal Rate of Return; multilateral investment guarantee agency; Environmental and Social Management Plan; Environmental and Social Impact; Gross National Income Per Capita; Urban and Rural Development; financial internal rate of return; Independent Panel of Experts; state development bank; power engineer; environmental management system; integrated water resources management; annual debt service; Environmental and Social Monitor; natural gas power plant; Public Finance Management; Public Expenditure Management; Social Development and Protection; occupational safety and health; management of water resource; oil spill response; Financial Transparency and Accountability; Manufactures Unit Value Index; introduction of water right; Democratic Republic of Congo; combined cycle power plant; operation and maintenance cost; borrower need; provision of counterpart funding; contribution to poverty reduction; dam; hydropower generation capacity; Access to Electricity; flow of water; transmission and distribution; theory of change; net present value; dam safety panel; thermal power plant; quality of work; social discount rate; local air pollutant; Dams and Hydropower; risk mitigation actions; cost of service; safety of dam; development of hydropower; Check and Balances; cost of capital; agriculture and livestock; amount of water; independent power producer; generation of hydroelectricity; multilateral development bank; hydropower and dams; income-generating activity; domestic electricity demand; income generating activity; electricity generation capacity; quality at entry; energy sector entity; renewable energy resource; source of energy; adequate financial resources; drinking water well; restoration of community; Regional Economic Development; asset management company; asset management companies; asset holding company; Air Quality Management; assessment of achievement; accounting and reporting; power purchase agreement; private sector financing; resettlement action plan; line of accountability; kv transmission line; development finance institution; local commercial bank; Client Risk Management; commitment of resource; reliability of supply; shadow exchange rate; heavy fuel oil; area of education; international nongovernmental organizations; Investment Project Financing; shadow wage rate; availability of electricity; quality of supervision; construction of dam; number of connections; geographic information system; future hydropower development; impact of tax; liquefied natural gas; outputs by components; consumptive water use; Electricity Sector Reform; foreign currency loan; regional development bank; impact on health; physical cultural resources; electricity production cost; data collection method; carbon dioxide equivalent; ex post review; marginal abatement cost; supply and installation; suspension of disbursement; Renewable Energy Hydro; clearance of accounts; low water period; social capacity; quality of water; lack of transparency; safety of people; quantity of water



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Cameroon - Lom Pangar Hydropower Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.