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142The European Union co-finances the Rumpi pro- ject (on behalf of about a hundred localities), within the context of the African, Carribean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) ease for energy.The African Development Bank (ADB) funds the administrative headquarters’ electrification project.The control room of the Mpolongwe gas power stationHYDROCARBONSINTRODUCTIONThe activities of the National Hydrocarbons Corporation (SNH) during the first four months of 2016 took place in an international context mar- ked by a persisting decline in crude oil prices. Compared to January-April 2015 period, the Dated Brent average prices, the benchmark crude for Cameroonian crudes, fell by 35.22%.The SNH has nevertheless run his activities to the development of national oil and gas resources with positive results globally.RESEARCHThe English company Tower Resources conclu- ded a production sharing contract with the Republic of Cameroon on September 15th, to conduct oil research over 119.20 km2 on the Thali block located in the Rio del Rey Basin, mari- time area.Through the contract, Tower Resources is commit- ted to conducting research on the Thali block for an initial fixed three-year period. The mandatory work program includes conducting geological and geophysical studies, acquisition, processing the interpretation of 100 km2 of 3D seismic data and the drilling of one exploration well. The mini- mum financial commitment subscribed come 2018 by the company under the research pro- gramme is estimated at US$ 13 million.Depending on the results obtained during this first period, the company will be entitled to two renewals of its exclusive research licence (AER)Access to electricity has to improve in rural areasLES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN

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