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Issue 248 - 14 February 2013

Burundi, Rwanda exploration prospects

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Tanzania’s neighbour Burundi has licensed four blocks on Lake Tanganyika. Block A is held by Nigeria’s A-Z Petroleum Products, which also has Block L1A in Kenya. A-Z is part of the Chicason Group, owned by Chief Alexander Chika Okafor.

Rwanda | Burundi
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The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) is seeking a hydropower engineer to act as project manager for the regional Rusumo Falls project on the Kagera River. The scheme’s projected 80MW output will be shared between Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, which will establish a special purpose vehicle to oversee implementation and operation.

Rwanda | Tanzania | Burundi
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The 25MW first phase of US company ContourGlobal’s KivuWatt project to generate power from Lake Kivu’s methane is due to commission between March and May this year. Delays associated with procuring equipment, materials and personnel could cause further hold-ups, but the project is eagerly anticipated by observers waiting to see whether the technology can be expanded beyond the government’s 1.5MW pilot scheme.

Rwanda | Burundi
Issue 231 - 18 May 2012

Mixed fortunes in the onshore

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The onshore blocks to the west of BG Group’s acreage are not proving to be quite so prolific. Well tests from Maurel & Prom’s Ziwani-1 well, spudded in February in the Mnazi Bay Concession, indicate that the potential resource volumes from a clean limestone reservoir of Pliocene age, 3.5 meters thick, are sub-commercial.

Tanzania | Burundi
Issue 222 - 16 December 2011

Bidders sought for Ruzizi hydro studies

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The European Union has invited applications to prequalify for studies for the proposed 145MW Ruzizi I hydroelectric project’s grid connection, and rehabilitation studies for the 29.8MW Ruzizi 1 and 43.8MW Ruzizi II plants (AE 207/14).

DR Congo | Rwanda | Burundi
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The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (Nelsap) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) by 23 November from consultants to serve as owner’s engineer for the 90MW Rusumo Falls hydropower project on the Kagera River.

Rwanda | Tanzania | Burundi
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Surestream Petroleum has given the UK’s WGP Exploration a contract to convert a former United Nations fisheries vessel to carry out 2D acquisition on Lake Tanganyika.

Burundi
Issue 217 - 08 October 2011

BURUNDI: New power supply

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Energy and mines minister Moise Bucumi has promised an improvement in power supply following the signing of a contract with Tanzania-based generator supplier Pivotech for 25MW of additional power.

Burundi
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The government hopes to increase supply to meet growing demand from the mining sector – provided it can find the money. Current installed capacity of 43MW barely meets half of demand.

Burundi
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Water and power utility Régie de Production et de Distribution d’Eau et d’Electricité (Regideso) has extended the deadline for bids to rehabilitate the 18MW Rwegura and 1.44MW Nyemanga hydro plants to 16 May.

Burundi
Issue 206 - 02 April 2011

Hydro plant rehab tenders

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Water and electricity utility Régie de Production et de Distribution d’Eau et d’Electricité (Regideso) seeks bids by 15 April for the rehabilitation of mechanical,

Burundi
Issue 203 - 18 February 2011

Ruzizi donors line up

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Officials from Burundi, DRC and Rwanda are expected to meet potential investors in Kigali in March to put together an estimated $500m financing package for the planned Ruzizi III HEP scheme, which would supply electricity to all three partner states.

DR Congo | Rwanda | Burundi
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The $50m-100m private sector African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) has launched its Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Technologies (React) programme, offering grants and interest-free loans of around $250,000-1.5m for local and international investments in East African Community (EAC) countries.

Kenya | Uganda | Rwanda | Tanzania | Burundi
Issue 201 - 21 January 2011

EGL seeks Ruzizi III consultant

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The Energie des Grand Lacs (EGL) project company has invited expressions of interest by 11 February from consultants to assist with the development of the 145MW Ruzizi III run-of-river hydropower project on the Ruzizi River (AE 195/7).

Burundi
Issue 200 - 17 December 2010

New capacity in prospect

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A number of recent developments raise hopes of a solution to Burundi’s chronic power shortages

Burundi