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Three EAC states to benefit from new power project
April 11, 2017, 12:27 pm

Over 7,000 households in the three East African Community (EAC) states of Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are set to benefit from the 80 megawatts of electricity to be generated by the Rusumo Falls hydro-electric project along Kagera River.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the project, which was held last week, was attended by
Tanzania's Minister for Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo and his Rwanda and Burundian counterparts, at the Tanzania-Rwanda border. The project is meant to strengthen the regional power interconnections between the three countries, with each partner state getting 26.6MW of power along their national grid.

Apart from the 7,000 direct beneficiaries, an additional 188 households, surrounding the project, will benefit through the livelihood restoration program and job opportunities will be provided to over 500 skilled, non-skilled and casual workers from the three countries, revealed the project developers.

Construction of the power generation plant is financed by the World Bank while the transmission lines that will connect the power plant to the national grids in the three countries will be financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The Rusumo Power Plant is implemented by the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU) mandated by the three countries through the Rusumo Power Company Ltd (RPCL).

The Rusumo Power Company set up by the three countries will coordinate and manage the construction of the power plant and ensure that the plant, the associated transmission lines and sub-stations are delivered on time. The construction is scheduled to be completed by 2020 and is expected to enhance socio-economic growth, reinforce regional cooperation, partnership and peace within the Kagera River Basin countries.

The two Chinese firms have been selected to execute the civil works in addition to supplying and installing the hydro-mechanical equipment, while a consortium of German and Indian companies will supply and install the electro-mechanical equipment for the power plant.

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