Implementation of the Rwanda-Burundi Electricity Interconnection Project Begins


The permanent secretary of the ministry of hydrolics energy and mines, in Burundi, Seleman Khamis, has said that,

A 220-kV transmission line is being built as part of the Rwanda-Burundi electricity interconnection project.

The line will run through Rwanda's Kigoma and Butare, as well as Burundi's Ngozi and Gitega.

As part of the project, corresponding substations will be built and expanded.

In Burundi, a 79.2 km 220 kV single-circuit transmission line will be built from the Rwanda/Burundi border at Ngozi to Gitega.

In addition, a 220/30 kV substation will be built at Ngozi, with a connection to the existing 30kV distribution network.

Furthermore, the 110/30 kV substation at Gitega will be converted by the installation of a set of 110 kV bars and two additional 110 kV busbar connections at Ngozi.

Finally, the Rwanda-Burundi electricity interconnection project in Burundi will involve connecting the line to the central control center in Bujumbura.

The project in Rwanda will include the construction of a 61.5 km 220 kV single-circuit transmission line from Kigoma to Butare, and then from Butare to the Rwanda/Burundi border.

It will also include the extension of Kigoma's existing 110 kV substation.

In addition, at Butare, a 220/30 kV substation will be built and connected to the existing 30kV distribution network.

The works also include connecting the line to the Kigali central control center.

The project to connect Rwanda's and Burundi's electricity grids will cost €24.4 million.

The EU-AfDB Co-Financing Facility is providing €15.7 million in funding to the governments of Rwanda and Burundi.

The Pan-African Bank contributes an additional €8.69 million.

The project's main goal is to help improve the population's living conditions as well as the economic and social development framework by increasing the availability of affordable electric energy.


Source: Construction review