Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda: Rukarara Power Plant to Be Connected to Grid This Month

The Rukarara II hydro power plant is set to be connected onto the national grid by the end January according to the Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA).

The plant, which has a capacity of 2.2 MW, has been undergoing commissioning tests since mid-December. It has been under construction since October 2010 and was jointly funded by the government (35%), Belgium (37%) and the European Union commission (28%).

The connection on the national grid comes at time when the utility body is struggling to meet the demand as it aims to increase the installed electricity capacity from 110.8 MW to 563 MW in the next four years.

Lucien Ruterana, the strategic advisor of the utility body, noted that the new connection will enhance EWSA's aim to curb power shortages in the country.

"This year power cuts and interruptions will be greatly reduced," he said.

Rukarara II is part of the six micro-hydro plants expected to produce 63 MW of electricity by 2017. The others are Giciye, Nyabahanga, Nyirabuhombo, Mukungwa II, Janja and Gashashi.

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