Rusizi III Hydropower Plant Project is the first regional power project in East Africa to be established with the partnership between three states including Rwanda, DRC and Burundi and the Private Sector on the other hand, according to the Rwandan minister of Infrastructure, Claver Gatete.
Senior representatives of governments from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday 29 July 2019 endorsed the project in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda being represented by the Minister of Infrastructure, Hon Amb. Claver Gatete. DRC was represented by the Acting Minister of Energy and Water Resources, while Come MANIRAKIZA represented Burundi as the Minister of Hydraulics, Energy and Mines.
The implementation of this project which is established in Rusizi District in Rwandan Western Province on the border with DR Congo and Burundi will be carried out at a total cost of $625.19 million of which $138.88 million will be provided by the African Development Bank, and $50.22 from Private Sector, while “Agence Française de Dévéloppement” (AFD), European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Union (EU) are other partners of the project.
Construction of this 144 MW hydroelectric project is expected to begin in 2021 and completion of the project in 2026. Its implementation was entrusted to the Great Lakes Energy Organisation (EGL), a sub-regional body which coordinates energy development in East Africa.
Its implementation is now possible thanks to the efforts of the African Development Bank (AfDB) since 2015, as nearly 20 percent of the funds is already been mobilized, and these new facilities will provide an vital source of green energy, helping the three countries to meet their growing energy needs.