The African Development Bank (AfDB), Embassy of Germany in Rwanda and the KfW Development Bank joined the government of Rwanda to inaugurate the high voltage 188MVA Shango power substation in the capital Kigali and its related transmission network.
The substation is part of the NELSAP Regional Interconnection Project involving Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC and Burundi.
The Rwandan component, at an estimated cost of €111.03 million ($124 million), involves the construction of 286 km of 220kV lines, three substations and the upgrade of two substations.
The African Development Fund, part of the African Development Bank Group, contributed €38 million (about 34%) of the total project cost.
The Shango substation, the biggest in the country, has been designed to play a key role in the management of electricity dispatching services in Rwanda and a routing node for electricity trading between the East African neighbours.
Speaking at the inauguration, AfDB’s country manager Martha Phiri, expressed appreciation for the strong cooperation that the Bank continues to enjoy with the government of Rwanda.
The energisation of the Shango substation and related network will facilitate the country’s access to excess power of nearly 1,040MW from the regional market, reducing reliance on expensive fossil-fuel generated power.
“This would eventually benefit the people and industries in Rwanda through increased availability, reliability of clean power and possible reduction in electricity tariffs,” said Phiri.
Rwanda is pursuing an ambitious target to achieve affordable, reliable and universal access to electricity by 2024 in line with the National Strategy for Transformation.