In East Africa, Rwanda Energy Group (REG) has engaged in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), under which the company aims to share its technical skills with the country’s energy sector.
The signing was held at the Ministry of Infrastructure headquarters in Kigali between REG chief executive Jean Bosco Mugiraneza and IEC Senior Vice-President for Engineering Projects, Ron Weiss, The New Times reported.
What the MoU provides
According to a statement issued by REG, the MoU will provide a framework that will establish cooperation for technical support in areas of energy project development and energy transmission, as well as distribution in order to address the issues of power shortage in Rwanda.
“The deal ensures the provision of human capacity development in the field of design, engineering, and energy projects development in the areas of methane to power, geothermal, procurement, construction, operation, maintenance, supervision, financial reporting, database management, and execution of engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) projects in the energy sector of the Republic of Rwanda,” the statement said.
Setting ambitious targets
Currently the country has an installed energy generation capacity of 160MW and only 24% of households in the country connected to electricity.
With IEC’s technical support Rwanda targets to reach 563MW energy generation capacity by 2018 and connect 70% of the country’s households to electricity.
During the signing ceremony Mugiraneza said “The MoU between REG and IEC is very important given the targets that we have as a country. Reaching 563 megawatts [MW] is not something we can achieve alone.”
Addressing media after the signing ceremony, Weiss expressed confidence in the partnership.
“By signing this MoU we can do many good things together and sharing knowledge is good for both countries. We think that Rwanda is a good friend of Israel and we want to keep this for many years,” he said.
Both companies have agreed to appoint a technical team responsible for promoting the bilateral development of key areas in corporate planning, monitoring and evaluation, as well as energy development.