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6 September 2017

Rwanda: REG committs to improving electricity access

The Rwanda Energy Group (REG) along with its subsidiaries, have recently signed performance contracts, committing to improving access to electricity nationwide.

The performance contracts state the targets and strategies to reach government energy targets by the end of 2018, the New Times reported.

REG has committed to improve installed power generation capacity to at least 563MW by the end of next year.

Media quoted REG chief executive Eng Ron Weiss, stating that the power utility targets to connect all Rwandan households by 2024.

Weiss said: "We have set our targets, but we will have to stretch them in the future."

"We want to connect all citizens of Rwanda in the coming seven years and all productive users in five years. We are also preparing a plan to connect all Kigali residents in two years,” he added.

REG sets higher targets

According to the New Times, other targets include the improvement of the distribution network to ensure efficiency, reduction of commercial losses and increasing revenue collection, as well as strengthening corporate management and staff performance.

Planned and on-going projects to be implemented during this financial year include the construction of various transmission lines including 220kV lines (237 kilometres), 110kV lines (141.2 kilometres), as well as a 30kV line of 60.6 kilometres, media reported.

It is reported that about 200 kilometres of old and overloaded power transmission (medium and low voltage) lines will be rehabilitated and strengthened; while a new Jabana-Mount Kigali-Gahanga high voltage transmission line and associated substations will be constructed.

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The average percentage of thermal (in the energy mix) will be reduced from 23% to 20%, media stated.

 

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