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AfDB Board commits US $113 million to Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project

27 November 2013, 17:26

Tunis The African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) efforts to improve sustainable energy supply and access in Africa took a leap forward with the Board of Directors’ approval of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project.

The Bank Group allocated $97.3 million from the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund for the multinational project, which will support the development of sustainable energy infrastructure.

An additional $16 million grant from the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) window of the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund was recently mobilized by the AfDB Group to help finance part of the Burundi transmission line from the Rusumo Falls power plant.

The Rusumo Falls project will increase renewable power generating capacity and access to electricity in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

 The project has two components: an 80 MW hydropower generation plant and transmission lines and substations.

 Beneficiaries of the project include the households, industries, SMEs and businesses in Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania, who will gain access to cheaper, more reliable and clean electricity.

The three countries will share the power generated equally. The project will enhance the process of regional integration by the countries developing and managing the joint assets.

Construction of the transmission facilities is expected to be completed by August 2018.

Alex Rugamba, Director of the AfDB’s Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department, said  “Rusumo Falls is one of many projects financed by the AfDB in response to a crisis in low-energy access rates, limited infrastructure development in the region.

“Through projects such as the Rusumo Falls project we are looking to leverage Africa’s natural assets for universal access to modern, reliable and affordable energy services on the continent.”

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