Electricity at all costs: Kribi gas-powered electricity station

Electricity at all costs: Kribi gas-powered electricity station


Just a few families those who were living at the center near the plant were compensated and relocated but those who remained, living 100 meters 200 to 400 meters from the site are still there. They have been left behind and they are the ones still bearing the full force of the activity of the thermal power plant with all its impacts and this is deplorable. When the turbines start you feel these enormous vibrations if you live even within a radius of 15 km 10 km of this thermal power plant as soon as the turbines start you will feel these enormous vibrations Pylons that carry electricity whistle terribly when it gets hot. It’s as if your eardrums are going to crack with these noises. This ripple of noise across the roofs of sheet metal.. What can we do about it? In some cases the screws came off the roofs. Some of these roofs were fixed but other were left unrepaired. Promises were made. but it was not done. The ripple of noise makes this type of sound. One can always hear it. except during the controllers visits at the plant. We had been told that we would be relocated but this is not mentioned anymore by the authorities. They have advised to strengthen the roofs in order to reduce the noise, but nobody is paying for it. The water points located all along some work properly, but others don’t. The water is not even drinkable. It was during the establishment of this corridor that the Pygmies were impacted. Their farms, their sacred sites, their crops were destroyed. Their food too because the forest is a source of food for them. The ecosystem was totally destroyed. It was said that a specific special plan was needed for the Pygmy communities They did not receive any compensation, they were not consulted and they did not even get an accompanying plan. People expressed reservations people talked about their problems people completed proposals. Today there was no feedback to know whether the requests had been taken into account. At the outset, it was thought that the Kribi gas-fueled power plant would bring an improvement in the stabilization of energy supply in Kribi. But we realize that today we are still facing electricity cuts and incidences of load-sheddings. Really, the gas plant has not yet brought about an improvement At the meeting, I’ll say: “You want to take all the land so that we have nothing left. Where shall we even move to? Where shall we cultivate crops if you set up poles everywhere?”

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