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NELSAP Interconnection Project - Burundi


  • Reference: P-Z1-FA0-034
  • Approval date: 27/11/2008
  • Start date: 07/07/2011
  • Appraisal Date: 20/06/2008
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Implementing Agency: R E G I D E S O
  • Location: Northen and central Burundi


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


Improve access to electricity in NBI countries through increased cross-border sharing of energy and power.


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 km² of the Nile Equatorial Lakes Basin and target an estimated population of 135 million inhabitants. The region has one of the largest systems of lakes, wetlands and rivers in the world. These water resources have a significant potential for hydroelectric production, capable of generating high economic growth in the region. The main beneficiaries of the project will therefore be the people, local communities, enterprises and trading entities, private and governmental institutions in the five countries, which will have increased access to reliable and affordable electric energy for domestic, industrial and commercial use. This will have an immediate positive impact on the competitiveness of investments in the productive sectors of the economy. The countries themselves and their electricity companies will have energy that will contribute to achieving their national objectives of providing access by the people to electricity. Moreover, national development programs in the areas of education, health, communication, administration, drinking water supply and sanitation will gain in efficiency resulting from the use of electric energy, especially in rural areas that do not have access to modern energy services.

Key contacts

RICHARD Humphrey Ndwiga - RDGE1


Finance source Amount
ADFUAC 15,150,000
GovernmentUAC 20,000
TotalUAC 15,170,000
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