Rwanda's 28-MW Nyabarongo hydropower project nearing completion

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Work on Rwanda's 28-MW Nyabarongo hydropower plant is nearing completion, has learned.

Rwanda's Minister for Infrastructure, Silas Lwakabamba, said the project is expected to be finished by the end of this year with commissioning scheduled for February. The plant was expected to be operational sooner, though supply shortages caused a delay.

Construction on the project began in 2008 after Rwanda awarded a turnkey contract to a consortium of India's Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) and Angelique International Ltd. Angelique awarded a subcontract to Australia's Snowy Mountains Engineering Corp. (SMEC) in 2009 for engineering services.

The US$80 million plant is being financed in large part by a 2008 loan from the Export-Import Bank of India.

Once on line, Nyabarongo will be operated by a team of about 30 people, project engineers said, with some already undergoing hydropower training in Egypt.

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