Multinational - Ruzizi IV hydropower plant

Project Summary

Approval Date 02 Dec 2018
Signature Date 07 Aug 2019
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 680,427.98
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed operation involves a grant of USD 10 350 000 to the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL) to partially finance the expenses related to the preparatory activities for the implementation of the Ruzizi IV hydropower plant construction project (287 MW). The project is one of the priority infrastructure projects identified by Electricité des Grands Lacs (EGL) under its Regional Energy Master Plan, which aimed to exploit the hydroelectric potential of the Ruzizi River cascade, estimated at 500 MW. It is also included in the CEPGL Regional Economic Program for the period 2014-2020 (PER, 2014-2020) and is also among the 20 community and priority energy projects of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) that were submitted to the Round Table of Donors meeting on 17 June 2016 in Brussels (Belgium). The Ruzizi IV project has already been the subject of a pre-feasibility study carried out in 2010, which identified a site with substantial hydropower potential. Its realisation will take place only a few years after the commissioning of the Ruzizi III hydropower plant in the final phase of development by EGL (147 MW). The completion of the studies relating to the preparation of the implementation is a prerequisite for the development and construction of the Ruzizi IV hydropower project. Preparatory activities are focused on 3 main areas: (i) carrying out technical and environmental studies & preparation of project tender documents, (ii) carrying out institutional and financial framework studies & bankability study, and (iii) preparing the implementation of the project, assisting the promoters and the countries concerned in the negotiations with the investor/developer. The total estimated execution time is forty-eight (48) months.

Project Objectives

This renewable energy project will also contribute to reducing the share of thermal energy in the energy mix of the countries concerned. It will thus make it possible to respond as quickly as possible to the growing demand for energy in the three countries concerned and to make up the shortfall in the construction of new power generation infrastructure in the region. The main objective of these preparatory activities and studies is to determine the best technical, economic, financial and socio-environmental option for the construction of the envisaged plant.


The beneficiaries of the intervention are the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL) and its member countries. The implementation of the project will contribute to the socio-economic development of the populations in the sub-region of the Great Lakes countries (Burundi, DRC, Rwanda) through greater availability of energy at an affordable cost. The implementation of the Ruzizi IV project will make it possible to generate the energy necessary for the socio-economic development of the Great Lakes subregion, which has significant needs in terms of electric power.

Participating Organization

NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-165
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-3.2684 29.2409 Rusizi
-2 30 Rwanda
-3.16667 28.25 South Kivu
-3.5 30 Burundi
-2.5 23.5 DR Congo
-2.88333 29.25 Cibitoke Province