Regional Rusumo Hydropower - Burundi


Overview

  • Reference: P-Z1-FAD-007
  • Approval date: 21/11/2013
  • Start date: 31/01/2015
  • Appraisal Date: 31/05/2013
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Implementing Agency: R E G I D E S O
  • Location: Ngara, Muyinga and Gitega areas

Description

The project, in Burundi, will cover four major areas of intervention:-

Transmission line:- This component will cover the construction of 161 km of 220 kV, single circuit transmission line from the power plant to existing Gitega (via Muyinga) substation. The transmission line will have twin AAAC - ASTER 570 conductor, one GSW and one OPGW strung on lattice steel towers.

Substations:- this component will finance the construction of a 220/30 kV Muyinga substation and extension and upgrading the existing 110 kV Gitega substation to 220 kV level or new 220 kV Gitega substation.

Project administration and management:- this subcomponent will finance the required consultancy services for the project. It will comprise review of design, technical specifications, and bidding documents; supervision of construction; contract management; and supervision of implementation of RAP. The consultant will assist REGIDESO during bid clarification, evaluation, and contract negotiation with the selected/awarded bidders/contractors and will be responsible for overall project supervision and management.

Implementation of ESMP/RAP: The project has been categorized in AfDB environmental and social category - 1. This component consists of implementation of mitigation measures and compensation of people affected by the project through the Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP).


Objectives

From a regional perspective, the project objective is to enhance power generation & transmission capacity for Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania and contribute to regional economic stability and integration by developing and managing joint assets. The power generation plant will generate 80 MW and the three countries will share the power equally.

For Burundi, the project will play an important role in achieving the targets of improving Burundi's energy demand by increasing generation capacity from 38 MW to 160 MW in order to address the existing developmental bottlenecks and thereby unlock economic growth potential of the country and providing reliable and affordable electricity, and enhancing access to electricity.


Rationale

For Burundi, the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project should be supported for a number of reasons:

i)The Project is designed to support the Government's strategic vision and will contribute to the GoB's long-term development strategy Vision 2025 and the second medium-term generation Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Framework (GPRSF-II), which focuses on development of national and regional power projects in order to achieve a significant increase in reliable and affordable electricity supply and to enhance access to electricity.

ii)The project is in line with the Bank's ten-year Strategy (2013-2022), infrastructure development and regional economic integration; and which is aimed at promoting the development of sustainable energy infrastructure to address the key constraints hindering economic transformation: the energy deficits in the countries, low energy access and high tariffs. The project is expected to contribute to the development of regional infrastructure.

iii)It is consistent with the Bank's energy sector policy approved in October 2012 and the Bank Group Regional Integration Strategy, 2009 - 2012. It would increase renewable (hydro) power generation capability and promote facilities for regional power interconnections

iv)It is one of the prioritized projected under the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) to consolidate regional integration.


Benefits

The key project beneficiaries are the households, small and medium sized enterprises, artisanal and mining operations located in the project area. The power off-taker (REGIDESO) and local schools, health centres, administration, etc. would benefit from this project by: (a) the opportunity to replace high cost thermal plants and lowering their overall cost of power generation; and (b) improving their ability to better meet the peak loads on their national power systems from a less e xpensive power source.


Key contacts

AKITANI Elise Massan - ONEC2


Costs

Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 16,700,000
GovernmentUAC 2,719,000
Co-financierUAC 11,232,294
TotalUAC 30,651,294