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New Gasogi power substation to reduce outage in Kigali

Rwanda, Kigali: The energy sector has gained a 30 MW substation, the New Gasogi Substation, worth over $23 M (Rwf 24 B).

The new facility will be operational next month and is expected to reduce electricity outages in the City of Kigali and other parts of the country.

The project was funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

It falls in line with the National Strategic for Transformation, NST1, whereby Rwanda plans to reach 100 % access to electricity by 2024.

During a press tour on 20 July 2022, the Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda Masahiro Imai said that relations between the two countries started back in 1962 at the dawn of Rwanda’s independence and ever since, both countries are friends indeed.

“We have the target to reach 100 % of Rwandan households connected to power. For now, we are still at 72 %. To hit the target, the government has partnered with various institutions to establish power-generating projects including JICA under the Government of Japan.”

Since 2005, Japan under its international cooperation agency – JICA has in 22 projects valued at more than $201 M. Between 2022 and 2026, it is projected that Japan through JICA will have supported 42 domestic projects and 3 East African integration projects worth $337 M.

Particularly, in the energy sector, both countries are working together to ensure that universal access to electricity is achieved by 2024.

 

Source: Kigali Today Press