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Construction of the 80MW Rusumo Falls hydropower project is set to begin early next year following the signing of contracts in early November for the civil works and supply of hydroelectrical and electromechanical equipment. The run-of-river project is to be built on the Kagera River, along Rwanda’s border with Tanzania, just downstream of the tripoint where the two countries share a common border with Burundi. It is scheduled to be commissioned in 2019. The contracts, with a combined value of $121.6m, were signed by the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme on behalf of Rusumo Power Company Limited, the future tri-national owner-operator of the plant.

Rwanda | Tanzania | Burundi
Issue 333 - 29 October 2016

Burundi: Swala takes Block D

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Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) has bought Surestream Petroleum (Burundi), which holds 100% in Block D covering part of Lake Tanganyika. The transaction gives Surestream a 6.25% stake in Swala. The block is partly onshore and partly offshore, and covers portions of the northern end of Lake Tanganyika, an area where oil seeps, slicks and tar balls have been reported. “The Burundi licence is a very prospective licence and its development will be helped by the nearby route of the proposed Uganda-Tanzania oil pipeline,” said Swala chief executive David Mestres Ridge.

Burundi
Issue 332 - 14 October 2016

Burundi: Power funding under threat

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The power sector has been hit by suspension of European funding amid a worsening political crisis, but China continues to play a role. On 26 August, energy and mines minister Côme Manirakiza announced the signing of an agreement with China on a construction schedule for a 17MW hydropower station on the Ruzibazi River. Works should begin in August 2017 and be completed in 2021. A prefeasibility study for the project was carried out by Fichtner in 1983, and the construction contract is expected to be awarded to China’s CGC Overseas Construction Group.

Burundi
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Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on 18 May announced that it had signed a bilateral agreement with the German government for German development bank KfW to provide a €15m grant for the 147MW Ruzizi III hydropower project. The $650m project is being developed by the Agha Khan’s Industrial Promotion Services and US developer Sithe Global, under a contract awarded in 2014, and will supply Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda with 49MW each.

Rwanda | Burundi
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A request for proposals (RfP) for the transmission lines component of the 80MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric power plant on the Kagera River is due to be released in June, according to a general procurement notice issued by the African Development Bank, which is contributing $113m to the project. The RfP is for the construction of transmission lines to evacuate around 448GWh/yr from the facility to Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Rwanda | Tanzania | Burundi
Issue 298 - 17 April 2015

Burundi: USTDA funds solar PV project

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Gigawatt Global has secured grant funding from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) for a feasibility study for a planned 7.5MW solar photovoltaic power plant at Mubuga in central Burundi. USTDA said on 30 March that the grant funds would cover a study of key technical and economic aspects, and environmental and social impact assessments, and provide the necessary analysis for the developers to secure financing. Gigawatt signed a memorandum of understanding with the government for the project in July 2014.

Burundi
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State power and water utility Régie de Production et de Distribution d’Eau et d’Electricité (Regideso) has invited prequalification applications by 31 March for the construction of the 32MW Jiji and 17MW Mulembwe hydropower projects in southern Burundi. According to the tender notice published on 23 February, Regideso expects to launch a formal tender procedure in June. The two stations, on the Jiji and Mulembwe rivers, will be located about 3.75km apart and will almost double Burundi’s installed capacity.

Burundi
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Developer Gigawatt Global has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Energy and Mines for a 7.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The company, which has an 8.5MW solar plant in neighbouring Rwanda, hopes the project will help fill the gap between supply and demand and reduce reliance on costly diesel. Burundi is set to receive power from the Ruzizi III and Ruzizi IV regional hydro schemes, but the 147MW Ruzizi III, from which Burundi will receive 49MW, is not expected to start up before 2020, with Ruzizi IV after that.

Burundi
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Following the European Investment Bank’s announcement that it was considering a €70m ($95m) loan for the 31.5MW Jiji and 16.5MW Mulembwe hydropower plants in Burundi, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced a grant worth $22m for the projects from its Fragile States Facility. The project is also being funded by a $100m grant from the World Bank Group’s International Development Association, and funding is expected from the European Union. It represents the largest investment in Burundi in the post-war period, according to the AfDB, which has already approved a $678,000 grant to help the government develop an electricity master plan.

Burundi
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State utility Regie de Distribution et de Production de l’Eau et de l’Electricité has applied to the European Investment Bank (EIB) for financing for two run-of-river hydropower plants with a combined installed capacity of 48MW in the south of the country. The EIB said on 4 June that it was considering a loan of about €70m for construction of the 31.5MW Jiji and 16.5MW Mulembwe plants as well as an 80km 110kV transmission line to Bujumbura, to deliver power to the national grid.

Burundi
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The World Bank is assessing $100m of International Development Association finance for the $270.4m Jiji and Melembwe hydropower project. The project, which will go before the board for approval on 22 April, aims to help overcome the reduction in power output during the six-month dry season. All hydroelectric generation except the 18MW Rwegura facility comprises run-of-river plants without reservoirs.The project will construct two hydroelectric power plants in Bururi Province at a cost of $252m, one on the Mulembwe River and another on the Jiji River, as well as 110kV transmission lines. Prefeasibility studies were conducted in 2011 on four sites identified by Fichtner in 2010, with Jiji and Mulembwe designated priority projects.

Burundi
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The African Development Bank (AfDB) board is expected to approve financial support for the 80MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on 27 November. The project is one of several complex cross-border projects in the region that are receiving strong multilateral backing after a long period of gestation. The dam and the power station will be located at the confluence of the Nyabarongo River, which comes from Rwanda, and the Ruvubu River, which comes from Burundi. Downstream of the Rusumo Falls, the two form the Kagera River, which marks the border between Rwanda and Tanzania.

Rwanda | Tanzania | Burundi
Issue 263 - 13 October 2013

Rusumo Falls MoU signed

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Ministers from Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 20 September, paving the way for implementation of the 80MW Rusumo Falls hydroelectric project on the Kagera River. Tanzania energy and minerals minister Sospeter Muhongo, Rwandan infrastructure minister Silas Lwakabamba and Burundi’s energy and mines minister, Côme Manirakiza, signed the agreement in the Tanzanian town of Bukoba, on Lake Victoria. The dam and the power station will be located at the confluence of the Nyabarongo River, which comes from Rwanda, and the Ruvubu River, which comes from Burundi. Downstream of the Rusumo Falls, the two form the Kagera River, which marks the border between Rwanda and Tanzania.

Rwanda | Tanzania | Burundi
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The Ministry of Energy and Mines has invited bids for two 10MW photovoltaic solar plants at Gitega and Bubanza. Bids for the build, own and operate contract are now due by 2 October, following a deadline extension to give more time for bidders to prepare their submissions. According to a joint study by the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Burundi has significant solar potential of 2,000kWh/m2/yr, which is comparable with the Mediterranean area, as well as 1,700MW of hydro potential, of which 300MW is economically exploitable. However, ministry officials say development of hydro sites is often hampered by a lack of feasibility or technical studies.

Burundi
Issue 256 - 14 June 2013

Burundi: More Nelsap tenders

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Following the signing of a €16m financing agreement between the European Union and the East African Community for the Rwanda-Burundi electricity interconnection and Abengoa’s appointment to build the Kenya-Uganda transmission line, the brisk pace of activity at the Interconnection of Electric Grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries project is continuing with a new tender in Burundi.

Burundi