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Monday, 20 May 2013

Rwanda, Burundi power project gets financial boost

East African Power Pool to get a boost.

The construction of power interconnection between Rwanda and Burundi could soon begin after the two countries acquired a major financial boost from the European Union.

The two are planning a transmission line that will cover 62 kilometres in Rwanda and 81 kilometres into Burundi, in three years’ time. The Rwanda–Burundi 220 kV Interconnector is part of a larger ongoing multinational project to interconnect Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The project will cost of €37,7-million (US 44.7-million dollars) with the EU providing €16-million through the European Development Fund. It entails construction of a 143-kilometre 220 kV transmission line from Kigoma (Rwanda) to Gitega (Burundi) via Huye (Rwanda) and Ngozi (Burundi).