SPONSORED: Power utility revamping network to reduce power wastage, ensure efficiency

In a bid to ensure efficient and stable power supply, the group is expanding and revamping the electricity distribution network to ensure reliable and stable power supply. Already, there are plans and ongoing projects targeted for implementation this financial year, including the construction of various transmission lines. All these lines will be built together with their associated substations.

In a bid to ensure efficient and stable power supply, the group is expanding and revamping the electricity distribution network to ensure reliable and stable power supply. Already, there are plans and ongoing projects targeted for implementation this financial year, including the construction of various transmission lines. All these lines will be built together with their associated substations.

About 200 kilometres of old and overloaded power transmission (medium and low voltage) lines will be rehabilitated and strengthened, while a new Jabana-Mount Kigali-Gahanga high voltage transmission line and associated substations has been upgraded.

According to REG officials, the projects are expected to help improve electricity distribution and reduce losses and hence boost service delivery. Plans to install fault locators and testing vans as it moves to reduce the time taken to detect and address a network problem are underway.

The move is geared at improving transmission and distribution capabilities and ensure uninterrupted electricity supply. Reactive power compensators will be installed to reduce power losses to achieve this target, while the Kigali distribution network will also be reinforced to meet the demand, according to the utility body. It also seeks to reduce the average of diesel usage in the energy generation mix.

Equally, REG is expecting to have its annual revenue increased from below 100 billions to above. This could mean more investment into power generation and distribution network across the country.

Other activities and projects by REG include conducting feasibility studies for the rehabilitation of Rwabuye fuel storage and carrying out awareness campaigns on the use of biogas, improved cooking stoves and liquefied petroleum gas for energy efficiency.

 

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