KIGALI - Electrogaz, a national water and electricity utility,has acquired an energy management system in a bid to participate in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution in the country.
According to a statement from the organization, the new SCADA system is a network of computer Processors that provide control, monitoring and retrieves data through a Centralized Operations and Control Centre.
Implementation of the Project will involve deployment of Optic Fiber Cables along the Electricity Transmission and Distribution lines to link all the Power Plants, Substations and Electrogaz’s town offices, to the National Control Center.
“The system will form part of Rwanda’s national fibre backbone. It will provide higher broadband nationwide and allow connection to neighbouring countries in future projects, as well as the submarine cable backbone that is being installed in Eastern Africa,” the statement says in part.
The project will allow Electrogaz to effectively manage its high and medium-voltage grid, improving delivery services and bringing direct benefits to customers all over the country.
The concept note also emphasizes that at the end of the project, the water and energy organisation will have acquired a modern electricity management system that is rare in the region.
The Netherlands government through a grant of Euros 24,644,553 (Rwf20 billion) has supported this initiative while a balance of 12,795,276 Euros (Rwf10.3 billion) is Netherland’s bank loan facility to the Government of Rwanda.