Construction begins at Burundi–Rwanda interconnection project

Regie De Production Et De Distribution D’Eau Et D’Electric (REGIDESO) has begun work on the Burundian part of the proposed Burundi–Rwanda interconnection project

The Rwanda-Burundi electricity interconnection project comprises the construction of a 220-kV transmission line. The line will cut across Kigoma and Butare in Rwanda, and Ngozi and Gitega in Burundi. As part of the project, corresponding sub-stations will also be constructed and extended. In Burundi, the project will entail the construction of a 79.2 km 220 kV, single-circuit transmission line at the Rwanda/Burundi border at Ngozi and then from Ngozi to Gitega. In Rwanda, the project will involve the construction of a 61.5 km 220 kV, single-circuit transmission line from Kigoma to Butare, and from Butare to the Rwanda/Burundi border. The project to connect the electricity grids of Rwanda and Burundi will cost EUR24.4 million. African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Union (EU), with the governments of Burundi and Rwanda, will co-finance the project amounting to EUR15.7 million. An additional EUR8.69 million is provided by the Pan-African Bank. The project is part of Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) projet regional transport programme aimed at linking Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.. Regie De Production Et De Distribution D’Eau Et D’Electric (REGIDESO) has awarded the project to a consortium formed by an Indian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Transrail Lighting Limited and the Korean company Hanbaek. The scope of work for the contractor entails construction of an 80-km-long, 220 kV line connecting Kigoma (Rwanda) to Gitega (Burundi) via Ngozi, where a high and medium voltage transformer station will be installed.

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