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Ex-Tanesco man to head up Rusumo power sharing plant

In Tanzania, the Ministry for Energy and Minerals has announced that Joackim Joseph will head up the 80 megawatt (MW) Rusumo power-sharing project. 

Mr Joseph, a Tanzanian national, is the first managing director of the project that is set to benefit Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

Joseph previously worked for the Tanzania Electric Supply Company as the coordinator of Millennium Challenge Account-Tanzania energy projects and a programme manager for grid rehabilitation and upgrading.

Headquartered in Kigali, in Rwanda, the Rusumo project will see the development of a hydropower plan with installed capacity of 80 MW.

In August 2013, the World Bank approved the funding needed for the project.

Power generated from Rusumo will be shared equally among Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania and will be distributed from the generation plant via 220 kV lines to transmission stations in Gitega in Burundi, Kigali in Rwanda and to Nyakanazi in Tanzania.