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10 January 2017

Rwanda Energy Group to end load shedding

With a number of projects underway, the chief executive of Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, has reassured the nation of stable power supply.

While addressing local media last week in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali, Mugiraneza stated that the utility has embarked on different projects that will reduce general load shedding issues, the New Times reported.

It is reported that REG is building a substation at the Kigali Special Economic Zone on the area that was cut out for factories.

Mugiraneza said: “We no longer have to cut off one side to service the other. We have enough electricity for everyone.

“We have also started a project to revamp, upgrade and increase the capacity of Kigali sub-stations, where we are building one in Gahanga, renovate the one of Jabana and Mount Kigali so that we are able to provide electricity to locals in long-term but also to support the factories that are going to be based in Bugesera. When all this is done, load shedding will be history.”

Curbing load shedding

Media quoted Mugiraneza stating that the efforts of reducing power cuts will not only benefit Kigali but the new projects will also be extended to the southern province.

He added that the Rukarara substation is now complete and is already helping solve the issue of inconsistent power supply that has affected Nyamagabe, Huye, Nyaruguru, Nyanza, and Ruhango.

“Due to the long distribution line from Kigoma through Huye to Nyaruguru, there were issues that sometimes used to force about six districts to be cut off at the same time. That issue is now fixed and we are saving electricity that was being lost through those channels,” he said.

Mugiraneza said REG was also focusing on the Gabiro substation as a solution for the weak Nyagatare-Kagitumba power supply, adding that it should be near completion by the end of this year, media reported.

Ambitious connectivity target

This development follows after an ambitious target that was announced last year by the power company, which is aimed at increasing access to electricity in households to 70% by 2020, from the current 25%.

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