Kigali, Rwanda — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 13 January 2011 – The government of Rwanda has completed a US$23.5 million, 9.5MW hydro power plant, and it is planning to construct another three installations to provide 234MW as the country seeks to cut its energy deficit.
“At its designed maximum installed capacity, the new power plant contributes about 11% of the total national generation capacity,” said a statement issued here. “The other three dam projects include a domestic hydro project on River Nyabarongo, which is expected to produce 28MW after its completion in February 2013,” the statement added.
Reuters reports that the feasibility study for a project on River Rusizi to produce 145MW is complete and the project is scheduled to come on board in 2016. It will be shared by Rwanda, the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) and Burundi.
Another study for the 61MW River Rusumo project “’ targeting Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, and due for completion in 2015 “’ is being finalised now, the statement said.
Rwanda intends to increase industrial production by 12% annually in the next seven years, including plans to increase access to power by 30%, and to increase energy production from around 80MW, which includes the new plant, to 1 000MW.