Kigali, Rwanda — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 18 November 2011 – The government of Rwanda, the German Development Corporation and the Netherlands government have signed a grant agreement worth almost US$50 million to build a regional power transmission line in the country.
The 220 kilowatt power line will connect Rwanda to DR Congo from Kibuye to Gisenyi and Kigali, then Gisenyi again and Goma.
The agreement paving way for the project was signed by Rwandan finance minister, John Rwangombwa, country director of the German Development Cooperation, Daniela Beckmann, and Jolke Oppowal, head of Netherlands Development Cooperation.
Speaking at the event, Rwangombwa hailed both Germany and the Netherlands for their continued support.
"The transmission line will help secure a reliable, low cost power supply to Kigali and Goma, and will contribute further to the integration of regional power markets,” he said.
It will also help to meet the growing demand for electricity in Rwanda and its neighbouring states.
The new power transmission line is scheduled to be complete and in operation by 2014.