Regional Rusumo Hydropower - Rwanda
- Reference: P-Z1-FAD-008
- Approval date: 27/11/2013
- Start date: 15/01/2015
- Appraisal Date: 31/05/2013
- Status: ApprovedAPVD
- Implementing Agency: ENERGY WATER AND SANITATION AUTHORITY EWASA
- Location: Rusumo, Bugesera and Birembo areas
The project, in Rwanda, will cover four major areas of intervention:-
Transmission line:- This component will cover the construction of 119 km of 220 kV, double circuit transmission line system (with one circuit strung), from power plant to existing Birembo substation via new Bugesera International Airport substation. Each 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 Bugesera International Airport substation and extension of existing 220 kV Birembo 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 EWSA 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).
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 Rwanda, the project will play an important role in achieving the targets of improving Rwanda's energy demand by increasing generation capacity, achieving domestic interconnectivity and economic transformation of the economy and support the government's overarching goal of reducing poverty and the long-term development strategy Vision 2020 and the second medium-term Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS-II). It also supports the expansion of electricity access rate.
For Rwanda, 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 GoR's long-term development strategy Vision 2020 and the second medium-term Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS-II), which focuses on the increase of Rwanda's electricity generation capacity to 563 MW by 2018, by leveraging large scale private investments as the key means to achieving domestic interconnectivity and economic transformation of the economy.
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
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 (EWSA) 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 expensive power source.
RICHARD Humphrey Ndwiga - ONEC2