NELSAP Interconnection Project - Kenya


  • Reference: P-Z1-FA0-032
  • Approval date: 16/06/2010
  • Start date: 23/01/2012
  • Appraisal Date: 20/06/2008
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Location: Western Kenya


The project consists of the construction and upgrading of 769 km of 110 kV and 220 kV line, as well as the construction and reinforcement of 17 transformer stations. It consists of:

(i) the Uganda-Rwanda interconnection: the line runs from Mbarara station to Mirama station in Uganda, then from Mirama station to the new Birembo station in Rwanda;

(ii) the Kenya-Uganda interconnection: the line runs from Lessos station in Kenya to Bujagali station passing through Tororo station in Uganda; and

(iii) upgrading of the Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda interconnection. This component consists in upgrading the current line from Goma station to the Rusizi I station in DR Congo from 70 kV to 220 kV, and the line from Rusizi 1 station to Bujumbura in Burundi from 70 kV to 220 kV, as well as the construction of an extension from Bujumbura to Kiliba in DR Congo and the construction of a 220 kV line from Kibuye station to Gisenyi station in Rwanda; and lastly, the construction of the line from Gisenyi station in Rwanda to Goma station in DR Congo. The project also provides for building of the operating and maintenance technical capacities of the said networks.


The purpose of the Kenya- Uganda interconnection project as part of the NEL countries power system interconnection project is to help strengthen the Eastern Africa regional power grid, and facilitate power exchange within the region. The interconnection will avail an added advantage of sharing capacity reserves, the reduction of overall peak, and the economy of scale that will allow the development of big hydropower plants in the region. Furthermore, the implementation of the project will help to reduce electrical energy prices in the two countries, attract investments, enhance global competitiveness and strengthen regional integration and trade. Kenya which is currently suffering from chronic power shortages will with this interconnection be able to benefit from the Bank funded Bujagali hydropower project in Uganda when completed in 2012.


By supporting the implementation of this project, the Bank will contribute to the provision of basic infrastructures needed for the promotion of cooperation and integration of the economies of these countries, by enabling them to conduct cross-boundary trade in electric energy. The project is in line with the Bank's operational policies, strategies and priorities, notably its support to selective implementation of priority regional infrastructures of Regional Member Countries (RMCs). The project is also consistent with the criteria of the policy paper on regional operations approved by the Board in March 2008, as well as with the Bank's procedures and conditions for regional integration projects.


The project will cover an area of 286,350 km

Key contacts

ASFAW Solomon Abebe - ONEC2


Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 39,770,000
GovernmentUAC 1,900,000
TotalUAC 41,670,000