Govt to import 430MW to boost energy capacity

The government is set to import over 400MW of power from neighbouring countries to increase its energy capacity.
Turbines of Nyabarongo hydropower plant now working due to the increase of the water level. The plant has a capacity of 28 MW. (Timothy Kisambira)
Turbines of Nyabarongo hydropower plant now working due to the increase of the water level. The plant has a capacity of 28 MW. (Timothy Kisambira)

The government is set to import over 400MW of power from neighbouring countries to increase its energy capacity.

Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the chief executive of Rwanda Energy Group, said Rwanda had reached an agreement with Ethiopia for the former to import 400MW. He added that the country will also import 30MW from Kenya in 2015.

"We have signed the contracts and are currently upgrading our substations and power lines to accommodate the extra 30MW from Kenya and the 400MW from Ethiopia," Mugiraneza said.

However, he did not say when Ethiopia would start supplying power to the country whose current capacity is 119MW against the 563MW target by 2017.

Nyabarongo Power Project was yesterday expected to add 28MW to the national grid.

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