Multinational- Ruzizi III regional hydropower plant project


Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Dec 2015
Signature Date 16 Mar 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 1,500,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Ruzizi III regional hydroelectric power plant project, which is part of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), involves Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. This is the first regional project designed within a public-private partnership (PPP) framework to maximize the hydroelectric potential of the Ruzizi waterfall. The project consists of the construction of a run-of-river dam (located on the Rusizi River between the DRC and Rwanda downstream of the Ruzizi II hydroelectric dam), a 147 MW power plant and a distribution station. Burundi's current total capacity will be doubled and Rwanda's will be increased by half. As for the DRC, its share will make it possible to increase supply in its eastern part, which is not connected to the interconnected grid, while significantly reducing thermal energy. The project will contribute to meeting the needs of people and the economy in general, in accordance with the national development strategies of the countries concerned, which stress the importance of a reliable and affordable supply of electricity for their sustainable socio-economic transformation. The implementation of this project, with a total cost of UA 443.40 million (including UA 98.5 million financed by the Bank's public window and 35.62 expected from the private window), is planned over a six (06) year period.

Project Objectives

The sectoral goal of the project is to exploit the energy potential of the Ruzizi waterfall to meet the needs of the population and the economy in general, in accordance with the national development strategies of the countries of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL), which stress the importance of a reliable supply of electricity for their sustainable socio-economic transformation. The specific objectives are to: (i) contribute to the development of Ruzizi III and (ii) strengthen regional economic integration through the establishment of an electricity market.

Beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries are the populations, electricity companies and companies of the countries concerned, with the following advantages in particular: (i) the creation of direct and indirect jobs during the works and permanent jobs during exploitation; (ii) the reduction of subsidies on fossil fuels and the development of the industrial fabric for Governments; (iii) the creation of income-generating activities for women and youth; (iv) the improvement of the living conditions of the populations.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Implementing
Electricité des Grands Lacs (EGL)

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-109
Last Update 05 Dec 2020

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Contact Details

Name KABUNGO Arkins Mwila
Email a.kabungo@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Multinational