Rwanda authorizes Rusumo Falls hydropower project loan agreements

The Rwandan Senate has passed a law authorizing the ratification of loan and grant agreements for the construction of the 80-MW Rusumo Falls hydropower project.

The legislation means the Republic of Rwanda will now benefit from a loan of about US$55.9 million from the International Development Association, which will be used to build both the plant and transmission lines extending to Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. reported in August that the run-of-river project had received $340 million from the World Bank.

World Bank statistics show only 4% of Burundi’s population has access to electricity, while Rwanda and Tanzania are listed at 13% and 15%, respectively.

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