The Ground Breaking Ceremony for the construction of the 80MW Regional Rusumo Hydroelectric Project (RRFHP) is scheduled to take place during the last week of January 2017.
This follows the recent signing of two Contract Packages (CP) by NBI's Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU), which is delegated and authorized on behalf of Rusumo Power Company Limited (RPCL). The latter is jointly owned by the three beneficiary NBI Member States that is Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.
CP1 amounting to USD 75 million was signed between Rusumo Power Company Limited (RPCL) and CGCOC Group Ltd - Jiangxi Water & Hydropower Construction Company Ltd Joint Venture (CGCOC - JWHC JV) of P.R. China to execute Civil Works. The latter includes the design, supply & installation of Hydro-Mechanical Equipment.
CP2 amounting to USD 47 million was signed between RPCL and the Consortium Rusumo Falls Andritz Hydro GmbH (Germany) and Andritz Hydro PVT Ltd (India) to carry out Mechanical and Electrical Works for power generation. This includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the Electro-Mechanical Equipment.
The Project whose construction will last three years has two main components: (a) Power Generation Plant of 80MW, whose construction is financed by the World Bank at a cost of USD 340 million and (b) the transmission lines that will connect the power plant to the national grids in the three countries, financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) at a cost of USD 121 million.
Among the numerous benefits, the project will provide an additional 26.6MW to each of the beneficiary Member States and strengthen the regional power interconnection between the countries. It will improve livelihoods of the 7,000 households in the beneficiary districts under the local area development program and another 188 households directly affected by the projects through livelihood restoration program. This is in addition to providing job opportunities for up to 500 skilled, non- skilled and casual workers from the three beneficiary countries.
The Ground Breaking ceremony will take place at the Rusumo site and will be witnessed by the Ministers for Energy, Water and Finance respectively and the RPCL Board Members from respective shareholder countries, different Project key stakeholders and the media.