On Thursday, March 5, President Paul Kagame commissioned Rwanda’s biggest hydro Power Station, so far, Nyabarongo1- which was constructed by the 19-year old India-based firm - Angelique International Limited.
Video: President Kagame launches Nyabarongo Hydropower Plant- Muhanga, 5 March 2015. Source: Paul Kagame/YouTube.
Located in farthest end of Muhanga District in Mushishiro sector, about approximately 75 kilometres (47 mi) by road, southwest of Capital Kigali, Nyabarongo hydro power station now feeds 28 MW into the national energy grid.
The biggest hydroelectric power project in Rwandan history, was co-financed by Exim Bank of India and the Government of Rwanda to the tune of $125million. The Exim Bank loan amounted to about $80million (about Rwf 56 billion) and the rest was the government’s contribution.
NHEP FINAL DOCUMENTARY . Source: The New Times/YouTube
The project is such a big boost to the government’s commitment to generate 563MW by 2017 and have 70 per cent of the population connected to electricity, up from the current 22 per cent.