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The Rwanda Energy Group (REG) recently inaugurated a $20 million power substation facility in the Gasabo district.

REG chief executive, Ron Weiss, was present for the official inauguration. According to the New Times, the substation forms part “Project for Improvement of Substation and Distribution” which began in 2011.

The substation has five power lines (electrical feeders), two of which will feed industrial zone as it increases capacity.

“This project is going to help us improve the network operations in Kigali, reduce power and energy losses, and also to increase both the quality and the quantity of power supply in Kigali,” Weiss noted.

Media highlighted that Kigali accounts for 64% of the total power consumption in the country.

Yet, the city has been experiencing large-scale power outages and power losses.

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Weiss pointed out that this has hindered progress and resulted in the need to improve and upgrade substations.

Power substation facility

The new substation has been funded by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Japan’s ambassador to Rwanda, Takayuki Miyashita, noted that this facility will help reduce power losses and stabilise power in Kigali city and neighbouring areas.

“This project will supply stable power to areas in and around Kigali that will lead to the wellbeing of the people of Rwanda. I am very excited that we are part of your national development,” Miyashita stated.

The new facility is expected to supply parts of Ndera and Murindi.

The biggest beneficiaries are said to be businesses operating in the Kigali Special Economic Zone.