Kigali: Minister of State in charge of Energy, Water and Sanitation Germaine KAMAYIRESE, together with Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda Takayuki MIYASHITA, the Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Rwanda Mr. Hiroyuki TAKADA and Delegates of the House of Councilors in Japan officiated the inauguration of the Grant Aid Project for Improvement of Ndera Substation and Distribution Network Phase II.
Ndera Substation and Distribution Network project is subsequent to the success of the first phase, (2011-2014), worth 2,454 Million JPY (Japanese Yen) which led to the upgrade of substations in particular Jabana, Birembo, Gikondo, Musha and Rwinkwavu. The capacity of the distribution network in the Huye city has also been boosted from 6.6 to 30 kilo-volts.
Thus, the second phase started in 2016 and includes a new 110/15 kilo-volts substation in Kigali Special Economic Zone, two switching stations as well as 110 kilo-volts transmission lines and 15 kilo-volts distribution lines at Mulindi and Kabuga in Kigali.
Speaking on behalf of Government of Rwanda, Minister of State in charge of Energy, Water and Sanitation, Germaine KAMAYIRESE appreciated vital contributions of Japanese Government to improve the lives of Rwandans through different areas such as energy, water and sanitation, agriculture, education and transport sectors.
Also noted that on 20th September 2018, The Government of Rwanda and Japan International cooperation Agency (JICA) signed additional financing agreement for phase III to continue supporting the rehabilitation of our substations and electricity distribution network.
“This shows a commitment and continuous supports of Government of Japan and plays a big role to support Rwanda having stable power which is a prerequisite for foreign direct investment as well as meeting the growing demand of stable and efficient power supply”, she mentioned adding that, “The success of project through Phase one, have contributed a lot to our distribution network improvement whereby the new infrastructures are making electricity distribution much more reliable and stable with power consumption increase in Kigali as well as an increase in the access to electricity, where by June 2018; the rate of electricity access was at 35% on grid”.
“We have assurance that the completion of Phase II and Phase III will boost our Network Operations, reduce the power and energy losses and also to increase, both the quality and quantity of the power supply in Kigali whereby more than 64% of the country’s total power consumption is located”, Minister KAMAYIRESE highlighted.
Minister KAMAYIRESE noted that Government of Rwanda gives value to the contribution of Japanese Government through JICA which helps Rwanda to achieve its development targets.
Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda,. MIYASHITA praised the project as well as involved partners. He hoped that the project would contribute not only to the improvement of the electricity supply in Rwanda but also to the development of the country. He also emphasized that smooth implementation of the project would be critical, and urged all stakeholders to fully commit to the project. “This project, he explained, will strategically address the challenge of power instability and inefficiency, and will help in achieving a more stable energy supply system in Kigali”.
Mr. Shingo MIYAKE, Member of House of Councilors, commended the continued partnership between Japan and Rwanda in the energy sector, mentioning the importance of strengthening the electricity supply network for the benefits and welfare of the citizens as well as industries.
The completed project is therefore a significant milestone that will play a pivotal role in stabilizing power and reducing electricity losses in Kigali City and neighboring areas.
While Rwanda has tripled its electricity generation from 75 megawatts in 2010 to the current 218 megawatts (in 2018), and has made electricity accessible to 44.6% of the population, the losses due to old power facilities has been hindering further progress.
This explains the importance of the improvement of substations and of upgrading the electricity transmission and distribution network which Japan has supported since 2011. (End)