Indian Firms Construct US$108M Mega Power Plant In Rwanda

On March 5, President Paul Kagame is expected to inaugurate the US$ 108.7M long waited Nyabarongo Hydro Electric power house.

The 28MW plant was constructed by two Indian Engineering Companies, Bharath Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL) and Angelique International Ltd (AIL), after a bilateral agreement signed on July 8, 2008 between Rwanda and India.

India offered the two firms a credit line of US$91M through the Export-Import Bank of India. The remaining US$17.7M was contribution by Rwanda. The 44.5m high dam is now run by the Rwanda Energy Group (REG), a local utility firm.

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Rwanda needs 563MW, worth US$2.7B, in the next four years. The Nyabarongo plant comes to supplement the current 160MW capacity.

Kivu methane gas is expected to add 25MW while Gishoma peat project will generate 15MW by Jully, according to Infrastructure Minister James Musoni.

To fill the current gap in the energy sector, the country has planned to import over 400MW from neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya. An agreement to import 30MW has already been signed with Kenya.

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