The station will allow Rwanda to expand its power production capacity and reach the international market.
The station will also allow Rwanda to receive and share power with neighboring countries including Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The project is part of Rwanda’s agenda to protect the environment by cutting on the energy lost during transmission and will allow easier access to power between countries at a relatively lower cost.
Shango station has transmission lines that connect with Uganda, DRC, Burundi, and Tanzania.
The interconnected transmission line will allow the above-mentioned countries to receive and share power.
Gatete says that a project like this one in a country that has the goal of providing power to all its citizens by 2024 is an important milestone.
“The station comes at an opportune moment as it has high voltage transmission lines that will deliver electricity over long distances. It has a transmission capacity of 220 Kilovolts and will allow Rwanda to receive and share power with neighboring countries.”
Shango construction project was sponsored by the African Development Bank (Afbd) and German government-owned KfW development bank. It will cost $14.8 billion.
Apart from reducing the cost of electricity for EAC citizens, the project has attracted the sponsorship of Afdb in various other power supply activities.
Martha Phiri, AfDB Country Director commended the efforts of the Government of Rwanda throughout the construction and completion of Shango Power station.
“All this is a collective gain by Rwandans and their government. This is all we have been waiting for to provide opportunities to the Rwandan youth to apply their knowledge.”
Gatete added that Rwanda and the neighboring countries involved in this project are finalizing agreements so that the station can be put to use.
The station will provide job opportunities to more than 800 Rwandan and add to the 70 Megawatts expected from Gisagara Peat Power Plant in July 2020.
It is expected that in March 2020, there will be an additional 56 Megawatts produced from Kivu Lake and 43 Megawatts from Nyabarongo II.