Burundi Second Deputy President, Dr. Joseph Butore, last week, launched the construction of a power line connecting Bujumbura, from the Ruzizi II hydroelectric dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The project is of paramount importance for Burundi, in terms of social welfare, because energy self-sufficiency contributes significantly to the development of other sectors of national life,” Dr. Butore said.
The project falls under the multinational interconnection of electricity networks of the Great Lakes Region.
The Kamanyola-Bujumbura power line will be financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) at BIF 27 billion ($16.8 milion), by Federal German government at BIF 30 billion ($18.7 million) and Burundi government with the amount of BIF 650 million of expropriation. The total cost of the project is BIF 57.6 billion ($36.6 million).
The Burundi Second Deputy President said several other new hydroelectric dams are also under construction, in line with the government’s efforts to solve the energy deficit.
With the new line, Burundi will be able to export surplus electricity to neighboring countries, or import through the regional interconnection lines.
Dr. Butore urged the Ministry of Energy and Mines to continue to conduct research in all sectors covered by the ministry in a bid to prepare development projects that will contribute effectively to the country’s economic growth.
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