Construction activities that began in July 2019 are expected to be completed next month in April 2021.
The substation is built in Ruzuba village, Rugeshi cell, Mukamira sector in Nyabihu district. It is the first substation completed in the district expected to aliment electricity to Nyabihu and neighboring districts including Rubavu, Rutsiro, Ngororero and Musanze and address power blackouts.
The Branch Manager of REG in Nyabihu district, Martin Mutsindashyaka has said that Nyabihu residents used to pull electricity from far distant ‘Camp Belge’ power station in Musanze which triggered intermittent electricity due to long distribution channel.
Mutsindashyaka also explained that the substation will aliment adequate electricity to other factories under construction in Nyabihu.
52% of households in Nyabihu district have access to electricity.
In a bid to fast track development activities, Rwanda targets universal electricity access by 2024.
Figures from REG show that over 59,7% Rwandans currently have access to electricity.