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Multinational - Rwanda-Burundi Electricity Interconnection Project - ESIA Summary


This document is the summary Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Electricity Interconnection Line linking Rwanda (Kigoma-Butare) to Burundi (Ngozi-Gitega). Interconnecting the electric grids of Burundi and Rwanda by linking the localities of Gitega, Ngozi, Butare and Kigoma is part of the Multinational Power Grids Interconnection Project for the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP) countries. The total expected length of the 110-220-kV line is 140.7 km, including 61.5 km in Rwanda and 79.2 km in Burundi. There are also plans to construct two new substations and extend two existing ones. Pursuant to the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) Integrated Safeguard System (ISS) and the national regulations, the project is classified in Category 1 due to its nature and the number of people affected by the transmission line corridor and the land required to construct new sub-stations.

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