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).