IED Consult contributes to Cambodia’s low-emissions energy strategy for COP26

This fall, IED Consult partnered with Artelys to support the development of Cambodia’s energy sector strategy as a part of the country’s National Long-Term Strategy for Carbon Neutrality.

Cambodia launched the preparation of the Long-Term Strategy for Carbon Neutrality (LTS4CN) ahead of its participation in the COP26 climate negotiations. Led by the country’s National Council on Sustainable Development at the request of His Excellency Prime Minister Hun Sen, the LTS4CN is a vision-setting exercise to imagine an ambitious, realistic pathway for Cambodia to both meet its development objectives and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

IED and Artelys developed the LTS4CN energy pathways in collaboration with other sectoral expert teams and national stakeholders, using a customised version of the Climate and Energy Policy Impact Assessment (CEPIA) tool fully adapted to the Cambodian national context with support from the Agence Française de Développement. The Draft Long-Term Strategy was finalized in November and is currently undergoing review by the various responsible line ministries.

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While energy accounts for less than 10% of Cambodia’s GHG emissions today, the future development of the sector is critical to Cambodia’s climate change mitigation strategy, given the massive growth expected in demand for energy services such as cooling, mobility, or productive uses over the coming decades.  In a no-change scenario, the energy sector is expected to become the largest emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050, accounting for over half of total emissions.  The challenge is therefore to limit emissions from the sector over the long-term, while still ensuring that all of the energy needs of the country’s population and rapidly developing economy are sufficiently and affordably met.

To achieve this, the energy sector pathways developed for the LTS4CN were based on three main pillars: (1) investing in energy efficiency and conservation; (2) transitioning fossil fuels used in transportation and industrial processes to less carbon-intensive sources, including electricity and sustainable biomass; and (3) reducing emissions from the power sector, in particular by increasing the penetration of renewable energies. To ensure that the energy sector vision is fully actionable and can be driven by decisions made at the national level, all of the actions considered in the strategy focused on the deployment of proven, widely available technologies, leaving space for potential additional emissions reductions if and when emerging technologies are included in the approach.

IED Consult and Artelys will continue to support energy and climate policy development in Cambodia over the coming months, through an ongoing technical assistance project with the General Department of Policy in Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) that uses the CEPIA modelling tool and long-term scenarios to contribute to multisectoral policy dialogue in the energy sector.  This project is financed by AFD’s 2050 Facility and is expected to complete in 2022.

Kick-off Mission for Sao Tome Green Energy Acceleration Plan

IED in a consortium with TPF has just completed the start-up mission for the Sao Tome Green Energy Acceleration Plan, financed by the African Development Bank for the Sao Tome Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Environment Cluster.

The objective of the project is triple :

1. Assess the renewable energy immediate maximum penetration for this island of 200 000 inhabitants, located off the Gulf of Guinea,

2. Update the low-cost development plan for the electricity sector,

3. Train managers of the sector.

Currently the island is powered by about twenty small diesel units in poor condition, unreliable and with low efficiency. Many renewable energy projects (photovoltaic, hydro, biomass, etc.) are on the agenda and could increase the country's energy independence, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and improve the service quality.


The island being about 300km from the coast, as a result any electrical interconnection is too costly. It is therefore essential to properly assess the maximum penetration rate of renewable energy so not to further unbalance the existing system.

This mission challenge was to present on site the project to all local actors and collect the data necessary for the studies. This project duration is 6 months and the next missions will deliver the results of the analysis carried out.

Comoros: Electrification of the first village of the Mohéli Photovoltaic Energy Project (PEPM)

Domoni became, on November 10, 2021, the first of the 9 electrified villages as part of the PEPM  implemented by SONELEC.


Co-financed by the European Union and the Comorian government, this project will connect to the main grid of Mohéli the villages located on the west and south coast of the island, and develop two photovoltaic power plants connected to this network. IED acts as a technical assistant of the project: preliminary design studies, development of tender documents and today the control of works.


The medium-voltage network will be extended to this part of the island with the construction of a 37 km underground line. This is the first line of its kind built in the Comoros  – a choice justified by the sensitive natural environment and topography of the area. This project is thus an opportunity for  SONELEC agents to train in this solution.


SONELEC has already carried out its own installation of distribution substations and low-voltage networks in the villages.


In order to reduce the fuel consumption of the thermal power plants that today ensure the electricity production on Mohéli,  two photovoltaic plants connected to the grid (total capacity of 175 kWp) are also being installed by the Comorian company  Netisse.

The completion of the work is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022, with the commissioning of the BT networks as the work progresses.


IED at the service of national institutions, local actors in the development of electricity in Africa

As part of the capacity-building partnership with the Société Béninoise d'Energie Electrique (SBEE), IED is providing a technical training program accompanied by software solutions in order to sustainably build new national capacities for studies and planning in the energy sector.

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More than twenty SBEE agents and executives benefit from these trainings, which take place at the SBEE training centre in Cotonou. The courses cover varied topics such as spatial analysis with GIS software, or electrical and mechanical calculation of networks thanks to NAP and Giselec software, as well as geospatial planning of rural electrification with the leading tool GEOSIM.

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Mbakaou hydroelectric power plant soon to be operational

New key milestones have been reached on the construction site of the Mbakaou Carrière small hydroelectric power plant (PCH) in Cameroon (1.4 MW, 11.2 GWh/year) and associated power lines.

Led by IED INVEST, as a developer of the project and IPP (Independent Power Producer), and in partnership with the IED group, the Ministry of Energy of Cameroon (MINEE), the Rural Electrification Agency, ARSEL (regulation), and the company ENEO (distribution National), this major project for the IED group is being finalized, with exploitation expected for the end of the year.

On October 15, 2021, the pre-reception operations of the 30kV Medium Voltage line took place between ENEO and IED INVEST Cameroon, which built these 39.7 km of power lines between the hydroelectric power plant production site and the city of Tibati, and will retrocede them to ENEO for operation and distribution to Cameroonian users.


As for the hydrolectric power plant production side, it will be IED INVEST Cameroon that will manage, operate the plant and produce the energy injected into the new network. The Civil Engineering phase is also about to end.


The installation phase of the electromechanical equipment is well advanced with the first 950 kVA alternator installed.



The test period, with load testing and commissioning, is scheduled for the entire month of November, after then the commercial operation phase can begin.

We are thankful to our financial partners without whom this rural electrification project in Cameroon with a strong social impact could not have been possible, in particular the European Union, the French Fund for the Global Environment and the BGFI bank.

See you soon for the inauguration of the plant!