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  Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric
  Project is owned by the three
  East Africa countries of Burundi,
  Rwanda and Tanzania
 

 

KIGALI Rwanda -- Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project is owned by the three East Africa countries of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania and is expected to deliver a shared hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 80 megawatts. Each of the three countries will receive 26.6 megawatts directly connected to their respective national grid through the transmission lines, which are expected to benefit over one million people in the three countries. PHOTO AND MAP GRAPHIC - WORLD BANK

East African hydro project expected to benefit one million people

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Construction of the regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project has kicked off at the Tanzanian border district of Ngara that is expected to benefit over a million people in East Africa when completed.

The project is owned by the three East Africa countries of Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania through a Special Purpose Vehicle, the Rusumo Power Company Ltd.

"We are very delighted today of the fact that the transboundary shared Rusumo Falls project has finally come to life, after more than 20 years since it was first identified," the Council of Ministers in charge of energy from Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania said in a joint statement after the launch on Thursday.

The project is expected to deliver a shared hydropower plant with an installed capacity of 80 megawatts.

Each of the three countries will receive 26.6 megawatts directly connected to their respective national grid through the transmission lines, which are expected to benefit over one million people in the three countries.

The construction of the hydroelectric power plant is funded by the World Bank at a cost of 340 million U.S dollars.

The project is being constructed by two contractors namely: CGCOC Group & JWHC JV from China for civil works and ANDRITZ Hydro from Germany/India for Electro-Mechanical works. The Rusumo Hydropower Project is scheduled to be completed and commissioned by 2020.
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Rwanda prison fire leaves scores injured

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- A massive fire on Friday morning raged through Kimironko prison in Gasabo District in the country’s capital Kigali, injuring seven inmates.

The cause of the fire was not readily established. Property was destroyed by the inferno despite the fact that Rwanda police fire fighters immediately intervened to put out fire before gutting down all prison facilities.

Inmates were evacuated to separate facilities. Police, soldiers and prison guards surrounded the prison to ensure no inmate could take advantage to escape.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, George Rwigamba, Commissioner General Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) said that seven people received minor injuries in the fire and inmates have been evacuated to a separate wing within the prison facility.

"No death has been recorded and no inmate escaped, however their properties including mattresses, hygiene materials among others were all destroyed," he added.

Rwigamba stated that those injured will be treated inside the prison adding that investigations are ongoing to find out the root cause of the fire.

The fire started at about 8:30 a.m. local time and spread fast to three prison cells, according to RCS authority.

Neighboring residents told journalists that they heard gunshots inside the prison when the fire broke out, however Xinhua could not independently verify this.

For the last three years, prisons like Muhanga (Southern Province) Rubavu (Western Province) and Nyarugenge (Kigali City) were gutted by fire with the latter having been burned last year in December.

             

 

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