Rwanda to inaugurate Nyabarongo I Hydropower Plant to power economic transformation
Kigali, 4 March 2015
The Nyabarongo I Hydropower plant in Mushishiro Sector, Muhanga District, Southern Province will be inaugurated on 5th March 2015. The plant adds 28 megawatts to Rwanda’s power grid and will play a key role in powering the country’s economic transformation. The plant will be commissioned by His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. The Chairman of Angelique International, Ajay Krishma Goyal will be present to that event.
With two units of 14 megawatts, Nyabarongo I is the largest hydro-power plant in Rwanda. It makes a significant contribution to the national power grid as the country works to install 563 megawatts by 2017/2018. Rwanda aims to become a knowledge driven, middle income country by 2020 and energy will play a crucial role in giving citizens and industry the resources they need to thrive.
With all units fully operational, the hydro plant now contributes power to the national grid and has significantly increased the national installed capacity, which currently stands at 160 megawatts.
Nyabarongo I Hydropower Plant is located on the Nyabarongo river and construction works started in May 2009. The plant was constructed by an Indian consortium. The partners included Angelique International Ltd for civil works, Bharat Heavy Electrical for electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical works and RSWI, a Canadian firm, for supervision.
Nyabarongo I Hydropower Plant was funded by Exim Bank of India with a loan of US $80 million (approximately 56 billion Rwf) and the Government of Rwanda with US $17.7 million (approximately 14 billion Rwf).