Gov’t slashes expenditure on power generators

KIGALI - The government has moved to reduce its expenditure on power generators that use fossil fuels will phase out the full time use of generators when hydro and methane gas projects kick off.
A methane gas extraction projects will see the supply of electricity step up from 10 to 16 percent thus extending power to 6 districts in the next two years. (File photo)
A methane gas extraction projects will see the supply of electricity step up from 10 to 16 percent thus extending power to 6 districts in the next two years. (File photo)

KIGALI - The government has moved to reduce its expenditure on power generators that use fossil fuels will phase out the full time use of generators when hydro and methane gas projects kick off.

“These generators will be used as backup system once the ongoing methane gas and hydro-power projects are operational,” Yussfu Uwamahoro, Energy coordinator in the Ministry of Infrastructure told The New Times.

He disclosed that currently the country spends more than Rwf 6bn every year on fuel for these generators.” 

Uwamahoro said that there were 26 hydro power plants under construction with 13 expected to be complete by June.

New districts targeted to be put on the grid include Kirehe, Gisagara, Ngororero, Bugesera, Gicumbi, Kamonyi, and Nyaruguru.

Last year, the government slashed expenditure on generators by Rwf560m ($1m) monthly with the construction of a 20MW Jabana power plant.

According to the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) the energy sector targets to generate 135 MW by 2012.

Uwamahoro mentioned that a combination of Nyabarongo and Rukara hydro-power will generate 38MW.

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