121 million USD Roussou Mo Falls Hydropower project officially unveiled
Last week's announcement of the Rusumu Falls hydropower project included the construction of transmission lines at a cost of $ 121 million, which will connect to the national grid in Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. Three power grids will produce 26.6 megawatts of power from 80 megawatts of electricity from hydropower stations.
Roussou Mo Falls hydropower projects and transmission lines are expected to be completed in 2020, is to solve the three countries power shortage problem one of the solutions. Through interconnection lines between South Africa and North Africa combined power systems, the project plays an important role in promoting regional and even electricity trade in Africa.
At the opening ceremony of the Roussou Mo Falls project, Tanzania's Minister of Energy and Minerals Sospeter Muhongo said that over the past 10 years, Tanzania's electricity supply has more than doubled, from less than 30% to 67.3%. The electricity rate in rural areas also increased from 2% in 2007 to 47.5%.
Bella Bird, regional director of the World Bank in Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia, said the project would boost the installed capacity of countries at a lower cost. Electricity produced by the Roussou Mo Falls project will charge 6 cents. Bird said the share of energy will increase Burundi's installed capacity by nearly 50 percent.
Bird said it was pleased to see this regional project to provide more environmentally friendly energy for the three countries while improving the socio-economic level.
At the opening ceremony, James Muson, Minister of Infrastructure of Rwanda, asked the contractor to meet the quality and quantity of the hydropower project.