This week, Rwanda’s minister for infrastructure, James Musoni, witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a peat power plant in Mamba sector, Gisagara District.
On completion, the plant is expected to increase installed capacity in the country by 40%.
Speaking at the ceremony, Musoni said: “We are here to witness the ground-breaking of what will soon be one of the major power plants in our country, one that will help ensure not only a steady supply of power but also ensure efficient use of our resources.”
“This project is a synergy with other strategic projects that Rwanda has invested in and is expected to bring more energy to the national grid,” he added.
The government has set a target to improve access to electricity to 70% by 2018.
Energy sector driving the economy
According local media, the New Times, the minister said that in the last two decades the country has risen from nothing to where it is today, with energy being one of the important drivers.
He applauded the current leadership for this development. He also extended appreciation to Hakan Madencilik A.S and other partners for their faith in Rwanda’s economy and in the country, media reported
The project is sponsored by Turkey-based energy company, Hakan Madencilik A.S, together with Quantum Power, a power and energy infrastructure investment platform.
Themis Infra, an infrastructure development firm, is acting as project development manager.
Peat power plant
Musoni said: “The 80MW peat to power plant, whose construction works we are launching today, is a multi-million project that will obviously take our energy sector to another level once completed.
“We are certainly on the right track, towards achieving our development aspirations that were stipulated in our national strategies.”
Media cited the minister stating that the project and others in the pipeline will increase installed capacity significantly to more than 500MW in the next five years.
The construction is expected to be completed within 36 months.