Multinational - The Interconnection of Electric Grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries (Loan to the Republic of Uganda)

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Nov 2008
Signature Date 13 May 2009
Planned Completion Date 01 Dec 2017
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Oct 2016
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23010
Commitment U.A 43,640,334.43
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project consists in the construction and upgrading of 769 km of 220 kV and 110 kV power lines and 17 transformer stations to interconnect the electric grids of the following Nile Equatorial Lakes (NBI) countries: Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda. The total estimated cost of the project is UA 160.20 million. It will be implemented within a period of 48 months starting from 2009.

Project Objectives

The project seeks to improve the living conditions of the people, as well as the quality of the socioeconomic development environment of the regions, based on the availability of affordable electric energy and access by the communities to electricity through increased cross-border electric power trade. It consists of: (i) the Uganda-Rwanda interconnection: the line runs from Mbarara station to Mirama station in Uganda, then from Mirama station to the new Birembo station in Rwanda; (ii) the Kenya-Uganda interconnection: the line runs from Lessos station in Kenya to Bujagali station passing through Tororo station in Uganda; and (iii) upgrading of the Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda interconnection. This component consists in upgrading the current line from Goma station to the Rusizi I station in DR Congo from 70 kV to 220 kV, and the line from Rusizi 1 station to Bujumbura in Burundi from 70 kV to 110 kV, as well as the construction of an extension from Bujumbura to Kiliba in DR Congo and the construction of a 110 kV line from Kibuye station to Gisenyi station in Rwanda; and lastly, the construction of the line from Gisenyi station in Rwanda to Goma station in DR Congo. The project also provides for building of the operating and maintenance technical capacities of the said networks


The project will cover an area of 286,350 km² of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Basin and target an estimated population of 135 million inhabitants. The region has one of the largest systems of lakes, wetlands and rivers in the world. These water resources have a significant potential for hydroelectric production, capable of generating high economic growth in the region. The main beneficiaries of the project will therefore be the people, local communities, enterprises and trading entities, private and governmental institutions in the five countries, which will have increased access to reliable and affordable electric energy for domestic, industrial and commercial use. This will have an immediate positive impact on the competitiveness of investments in the productive sectors of the economy.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
The Japan International Cooperation Agency/ Accelerated Cofinancing Facility for Africa


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-033
Last Update 31 Oct 2019


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
0.692991 34.1809 Tororo
-1.04417 30.4461 Merama
-0.604666 30.6485 Mbarara
0.7 33.5333 Iganga District
0.511 33.315 Jinja District
-0.5 30.6 Mbarara District
-0.937015 30.3048 Ntungamo District
0.75 34.0833 Tororo District
0.5333 33.79 Bugiri District
0.496528 33.1296 Bujagali