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
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
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.”