On Aug. 27, Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure government announced it has leased 22 small hydropower projects located in the northern and western provinces to private investors to spur the country’s hydroelectric energy program. According to energy experts at the ministry, the plants would add about 24.6 MW of hydroelectric energy to the national grid.
Financial terms of the agreement are not immediately available. However, a power consortium group signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the ministry. At the conclusion of the agreement, the Rwandan government will assume plant operations and maintenance.
The listed facilities, including three with an as yet determined capacity, include: 200-kW Agatobwe; Nyamyotsi I and II, each 100 kW; 9-MW Kimbili Rukarara V; 2.2-MW Rugezi; 200-kW Mutobo; Base I and II; and and Ngororero.
- The power developer’s a consortium includes:
- Karera and Tiger Huert Heindi Energicotel Ltd. and Adre Hydropower;
- Prime Energy and Kochendorefer and FEE;
- Rwanda Energy UK Ltd. and Africa Energy Services;
- Rwanda Mountain Tea;
- Rural Energy Promotion Ltd.;
- Ngali Energy; and
- Led Energy Solutions and Green Energy.
Ministry officials said leasing the small hydroelectric plants to the private sector is in line with Rwanda's development agenda, in which energy production is given priority.
Rwanda's current installed electric generation capacity is 161.2 MW, with another 70 MW planned for grid connection by the end of 2015. By 2017, the government said it hopes to generate 563 MW.
Currently, the breakdown of Rwanda’s installed power generation includes 97.37 MW of hydroelectric generation, thermal power at 51.7 MW, methane accounts for 3.6 MW and solar energy produces 8.75 MW.