With three months to go to the deadline, the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) reviews its energy rollout strategy to align it with government's seven-year programme.According to the New Times, officials from REG have announced that there are no plans of injecting any additional power into the grid by 2018.
[quote]In November 2016, the former chief executive of the power utility, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, declared that REG was targeting to increase power output to at least 563MW by 2018 from 190MW at that time. REG is reported to have a generation capacity of 208MW at present.
The ambitious target was also initially aimed at ensuring that at least 70% of households in the country are connected to power in the same year.
However, the utility firm has turned to a new strategy, which now seeks to provide power to the entire Kigali city in the next two years and the entire country in the next seven years, media reported.
REG new strategy
According to the New Times, the plan dubbed ‘7-5-2,’ aims at ensuring all productive users in the country have access to power in the next five years.
The acting managing director of Energy Development Corporation Ltd, Yves Nshuti, was quoted saying the strategy also sought to align itself with the seven-year government programme.
Nshuti said: "We have made a new arrangement whereby we are harmonising our plan with the government's plan of seven years. This year we are going to work under the 7-5-2 plan. This is meant to connect all the households in next seven years, by 2024, connecting all the productive users by 2022; and ensuring that the entire capital is connected in the next two years.
“We ensured that our plan is not contradictory with government plans and has the same aim with government," he added.
The new strategy is said to be largely dependent on power imports from neighbouring countries, an initiative that has been in the pipeline for years but had stalled repeatedly.
"The project is still going on, like any other project it had some issues, but the project is nearing completion now. But we will soon have capacity to import over 100MW from Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia using the same power lines," Nshuti said.
Strengthening power lines
Although REG will not be injecting any additional power by 2018, the power utility will instead be concentrating on increasing power lines and efficiency.
"Our main goal is to ensure that all our customers have enough power, we are also developing power lines and strengthening supply," Nshuti said.
It is reported that REG chief executive Ron Weiss, said to achieve the targets, they will need to scale up the use of off-grid solutions to about 12% from the current 4%. Read more...
Weiss said off-grid solutions will serve areas of the country that are far from the national grid or areas that do not require as much energy.
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