Japanese Ambassador Visit REG

From left to right REG CEO, Ron Weiss, Takayuki Miyashita, Japanese Ambassador to Rwanda, and Saori Kishi, Political and Economic Officer during press briefing at REG headquarters on Thursday 29th June 2017. 

H.E Takayuki Miyashita, Japanese Ambassador and other embassy staff on June 29, 2017 paid a visit to Rwanda Energy Group to showcase the energy projects to the media that have been funded by Japan government.  

Rwanda Energy Group CEO, Mr. Ron Weiss, thanked the government of Japan for tireless contribution to energy development and efficiency in Rwanda and he also called upon all REG staff to utilize effectively the support given by Japan government in improving energy efficiency systems.

Ambassador Miyashita, together with EUCL Managing Director, Maj. Eng. Jean Claude Kalisa and other officials, visited two substations in Kigali and Rwamagana constructed through the Project for Improvement of Substations and Distribution Network, a grant aid project from the Government of Japan, which amounts up to USD 25 million. More than 150,000 people were newly connected to electricity through the project.

The project was completed in 2014, after three years of implementation. It rehabilitated and reconstructed old substations, restored and expanded distribution network with the aim of contributing to the sustainable supply and improvement of electrical distribution in Kigali, its suburban areas, and some regional cities.

“Electricity is crucial for promoting the development of industry as well as people’s life. Especially, stable distribution of electricity is necessary for both improving business environment and well-being of the citizens living both in urban and rural areas. That’s why we are strongly supporting the energy sector and ensuring that they are functioning well,” Miyashita said.

“The particular project of phase 1 consists of renovation of two substations in Kigali: Gikondo and Jabana, and construction two new substations in Eastern province: Musha and Rwinkwavu, as well as replacement of old transmission lines in Huye. At present, we are implementing phase 2 of this energy project in three parts of Kigali; Ndera, Kabuga and Mulindi respectively,” Miyashita explained.

Musha substation one of the JICA constructed substations in phase 1

Pascal Mutesa, Transmission Operation Director of EUCL, said that the old substations that were built more than 70 years ago were not sufficient for satisfying the growing demand, but now customers of EUCL are happier since new machinery introduced in the project can transform the high voltage of electricity more efficiently, leading to fewer blackout cases.

Pascal Mutesa, Transmission Operation Director of EUCL addressing journalists at Musha substation.

The Government of Japan, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), continues to focus to energy sector phase 2 of the project which plans to be completed in March 2018 with almost the same amount of grant as phase 1. At the end of the tour, Miyashita visited Ndera in Kigali where a new substation directly benefiting the stable operation of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is under construction.

“We are very happy to see all those substations are functioning well and this new construction work is making strides forward,” said Miyashita. Japan is one of the active donors in energy sector and committed to long-term cooperation

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