Originally published in the October 2017 Issue of the Cameroon Tribune
Interview done by Mr. Bertin Mebenga
Mr. Dinesh Chaithoo
Dinesh Chaithoo, Managing Director of Chaithoo (Pty) Ltd and lecturer at the University of South Africa, a panellist at the Future Energy East Africa Regional Conference discussed on how we can share and manage the hydrological risks experienced by drought in the East Africa region.
Hydropower is a critical energy source that should not be rejected but retooled in the face of increasing droughts in Central Africa.
Today investments in hydropower are still under pressure due to lack of strong regulatory environments, large upfront costs and long project development times.
The average project takes 2 to 10 years to develop and 6 to 48 months to construct. To compound the situation further, environmental and social impact still plays a pivotal role in the viability of a project – chief among them is drought.
Pictured Below, Panel Members at the event : From left
- Jean Binquet, Head of Strategy, Hydromine Cameroon
- Theodore Nsangou, Managing Director, Electricity Development Corporation, Cameroun
- Olivier Flambart, Managing Director, Natchigal HydroPower Company, Cameroon
- Dinesh Chaithoo, Managing Director, Chaithoo (Pty) Ltd, South-Africa
- Bruno Kapandji, Head of the Grand Inga Project Office, DRC (not pictured).
With climate change and global warming seen as constant risks that are negatively impacting rainfall patterns and amounts across the continent, these risks, known as hydrological risks, simply cannot be ignored. It’s clear that Cameroon, like many other developing countries, is faced with no good options when it comes to the impact of climate change on producing efficient and accessible green energy such as hydropower.
Mr. Dinesh Chaithoo speaking at the conference. (Pictured Below)
(At the time of this writing)
Dinesh Chaithoo is the proud recipient of two global awards :
- Innovation and Excellence Awards 2016 and
- International Advisory Experts Awards 2017.