The government of Rwanda has awarded the Chinese company “Sinohydro” a project to build a power plant with a capacity of 43.5 MW, aimed at boosting the country’s efforts to increase the access of the electricity population by 2027.
The works will include “three 14.5 MW units connected to the national grid”. The project, we learn, is “financed by a concessional loan from the Chinese Export-Import Bank of China”.
“In addition to increasing electricity generation capacity, we are counting on this project to reduce the cost of doing business and improve people’s quality of life through access to reliable and affordable energy,” Felix said. Gakuba Corporation Limited, managing director of the Rwandan company Energy Development.
According to him, “the project is expected to boost the government’s efforts to add energy to the national grid and achieve universal access to electricity in the country and contribute to the reduction in electricity tariffs”.
The future power plant is also expected to “have a direct impact on Rwandan livelihoods through job creation and increased economic activity in the three districts of Gakenke, Rulindo and Kamoni”. More than 1,000 local residents will be employed in building the infrastructure.
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