Monday 27 October -The New Times has revealed that the Nyabarongo hydro power plant in Rwanda has been switched on.
The announcement was made at the monthly community work (Umuganda) on Saturday attended by employees of the Ministry of Infrastructure and affiliated agencies.
The 28MW project has been feeding back into the national grid since Monday this week.
Pratap Chandra Dutta, an engineer at the plant told local media on the weekend that ‘We have enough water to run the turbines … we are set to generate power in a day or two’.
Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Energy Group Ltd, Mugiraneza Jean Bosco echoed this by saying that power generation will commence on Monday this week, although the official commissioning will only take place in November.
The 28MW project is situated on River Nyabarongo in Mushishiro, where $100 million has been invested since the start of construction in 2009.
The Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni, has set October 31st as the deadline for the full 28MW to be fed back into the national grid.
Contractor, Angelique International told the minister that as soon as the water had reached sufficient levels the dam would start generating power.
Engineer Dutta told the local media that all infrastructures including the reservoirs, turbines, diversion tunnel and intake structure were in full operation at the meeting on Saturday.
‘All is complete, apart from synchronizing the power for generation’
Chief guest at the meeting, Minister of Natural Resources Dr. Vincent Biruta, said that those affected by the project would be treated as priority and seen to as soon as possible.
‘I can assure you that expropriations will be done in due time,’ said Biruta.
‘Though we are delighted about this development project, the government should look into our matters as soon as possible,’ said local resident, Charles Nkundabatware
Apart from those affected by the project, The Mayor of Muhanga District, Yvonne Mutakwasuku, highlighted the excitement felt by the majority of the residents in the nearby areas and were eager to reap the benefits.
Mutakwasuku said with assurance: ‘We understand that there are a few expropriation cases that are yet to be sorted out, which we believe responsible ministries are taking into consideration. We hope all should be ready soon’.
Source: The New Times, local Rwanda media