Tunis — The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) last week agreed to give Burundi $22 million in grants from its Fragile States Facility for the Jiji and Mulembwe Hydroelectric Plant Project.
Representing the largest investment in Burundi in the post-war period, the project is also one of the largest investments made in the country's energy infrastructure since the 1980s. Specifically, the project involves the construction of two hydroelectric power stations and related infrastructure, such as transmission lines and substations required for injecting produced electricity into the national grid.
The Jiji and Mulembwe project has three components: first, building the hydroelectric power stations and its associated infrastructure; second, providing technical assistance; and third, supporting the institutional development of the electricity sector. The project, which has total cost of approximately US$270 million, is funded by a consortium of donors active in the energy sector in Burundi, including the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Union.
The AfDB grant will co-finance the project's first component.
Under this component the Bank will co-finance the construction of the Jiji and Mulembwe hydroelectric plants, which will have a total production capacity of 48 MW. These new power plants will allow Burundi to double its installed production capacity (currently at 39 MW).