• Burundi
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Rwanda
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  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Dec 16, 2015
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Governments Rwanda, Government of Burundi and Government of DRC
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  • Hydropower
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 138.88 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 625.19 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Feb 13, 2019

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Project Description

The arrangement of the Project was conceived in order to fully develop the cascade of the Ruzizi River in concert with the existing Ruzizi I and Ruzizi II projects and the proposed Ruzizi IV development. The Project develops a gross generating head of about 115 m by combination of a diversion dam and a headrace tunnel. The diversion dam impounds a small reservoir that will provide short term storage for use in hourly regulation of the generating output. The power station proposed will be comprised of three turbine-generator units with a total installed capacity of 147 MW. Each turbine is designed for a maximum flow rate of 50m3/s giving a total plant discharge of 150 m3/s. The annual power produced will vary depending on the water level in the reservoir and the number of units in operation but is expected to be 650 - 710GWH.

To facilitate power evacuation of power,

  1. three transmission lines of approximately 90km each and corresponding terminal substation equipment are included,
  2. a coordinating center to be built at Kamanyora substation will provide water management for the entire Ruzizi cascade,
  3. Access Scale up: connection of villages and towns in South East region,
  4. Scaling up access to electricity and reinforcement of the distribution grids in Easter DRC, Burundi and Rwanda, in total 350,000 new connections are planned,
  5. Capacity Building, Technical Assistance & Project Management

This project is part of the Programme for Infrastructure Development In Africa (PIDA)

Investment Description
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
Contact Information

RICHARD Humphrey Ndwiga

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