A new power plant constructed at Kigali Mountain is expected to end frequent power outages and losses in Nyarugenge, Bugesera, Kamonyi and Muhanga Districts of Rwanda’s capaital, Kigali.
Located in Nyarugenge District at the top of the Mount Kigali, the substation was built as a replacement to the old one that had 100MVA transformers which could no longer satisfy the four districts. Now, the new substation will supply 200MVA.
The substation construction was sponsored by the European Union which granted Rwanda a €12 million funding in order to reduce the energy that is lost due to smaller substations to more consumers.
The other portion of the funding will be used to construct the 27km power line linking Jabana Substation in Gasabo District, Mount Kigali substation and Gahanga Substation based in Kicukiro District.
The funds will also be used to construct the new stations including the Nzove station, installing electronic cash powers and 8000 machines that transform power among other activities.
As he launched the new substation at Kigali Mountain, the Minister of Infrastructure, Amb. Claver Gatete commended the European Union for the funding and the role the organization plays in restoring power stations in Rwanda.
“The European Union continues to support Rwanda in different programs. Now we can witness good changes and reliable power supply,” Minister Gatete said.
Amb. Gatete explained that the substation will start operating on October 20, this year, and will mark the end to frequent power outages that were usually experienced by the residents of the four Districts will be no more.
The Director General for International Cooperation and Development Stefano Manservisi at the European Commission, commended Rwanda for the way it used the funding it received from EU and said the reliable and adequate access to electricity will impove the investment and the private businesses.
“We are happy for our contribution to these activities as we believe they will improve the private businesses investment. The electric power is one of the factors that highly support the investment in countries,” he said.
Manserivisi also said that the reliable power supply will change the citizens’ welfare as it will help them improve and benefit their electrical led activities.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Energy Group, Eng. Ron Weiss said, “this project will help reduce the volume of energy lost.”
In 2013, Rwanda set a target to reduce the lost energy by 1% which was at the 23% rate countrywide.
Eng. Ron Weiss said that in 2016/17, the lost energy was 21.1% while it reduced to 19.6% in 2017/17.
Statistics by the Rwanda Energy Group indicate that 46,6% of the Rwandan households are connected to electricity with a target that the all country’s households will have full electricity access by 2024.
Smart thing: Improved energy efficiency & reduced energy losses along the way. Great to have taken part in inauguration of the #EU funded sub-station on Mount Kigali with @EU_Commission DG @stefanomanservi & Minister @claverGatete The station built by a Swedish company! 🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/hbO1Jp3B4x
— Jenny Ohlsson 🇸🇪 (@jennyohlssonMFA) October 17, 2018