19 June 2008 – Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité du Gaz of Tunisia and Rwanda’s Electrogaz has signed a contract for the supply of cheap electricity to Rwanda. Electrogaz managing director, John Mirenge said there had been a number of criteria to consider before entering into the agreement.

Mirenge

Electrogaz managing
director, John Mirenge

"First, this company is the leading electricity supplier on the continent with quality products that are competing on the international market; their electricity networking system of a MALT-single cable is also very unique, standard and cheap," he said.

The two companies have signed a 14 month agreement to connect the Mimuli and Rukomo sectors of Nyagatare district in the western province.

"The total cost will be 34 % less than it would cost us if we were to do it in our usual way," Mirenge said.

According to Othman Ben Arfa, general manager of Société Tunisienne de l’Electricité du Gaz, the project will give 4 000 people access to electricity. He said further that the MALT-single cable system that his company was would use in Rwanda was faster and more reliable than what was currently being used.

"The MALT-single cable system is easier to install, especially when someone is doing rural electrification, and it is the same system that has made us the leading electricity supplying company on the continent," Ben Arfa said.

"I have no doubt we are going to learn a lot from our Tunisian counterparts and they will definitely provide us with genuine skill," said Chrysologue Karangwa, chairman of the Electrogaz board. Karangwa said that the agreement allowed for training of Electrogaz staff.

"This is a new example of technological transfer, and Rwanda is fortunate to be the first African country to benefit from it and it is one of the best opportunities for the entire staff of Electrogaz" he said.