Delegates from the Transmission Company of Nigeria visits REG

The members of Transmission Company of Nigeria and REG management staff at REG Headquarters on Friday, 17 February 2017

The members of Transmission Company of Nigeria visited the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) on 17th February 2017 to share and have a brief interaction session with REG and its subsidiaries management.

The members whose visit was of its kind in Rwanda wanted to share experience in different operations of Rwandan utility. Among the needed area of interaction were utility leadership, utility financial reporting, complaints handling mechanism, consumer protection and advocacy.

Other areas REG management and transmission company members shared experience were tariff setting/ Review in the Energy Sector, Overview of Electricity Generation, Transmission and Distribution in Rwanda and Overview of Energy Sectors resources harnessing and governance in Rwanda.

The Chief Executive Officer of REG, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza while addressing the team which was composed of General Managers and Deputy General Managers from Transmission Company of Nigerianoted that REG and its subsidiaries have achieved an outstanding performance in energy generation in recent years. 

He said REG through its subsidiary Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) recorded the energy generation capacity increase from 76MW in 2010 to 208MW in 2017, bringing the current total installed capacity to 208 megawatts, with the Government projecting 563 megawatts power generation in 2018.

 

Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the Chief Executive Officer of REG while addressing the delegates from Transmission Company of Nigeria at REG Headquarters boardroom

He said the service delivery has been improved tremendously through existence of EUCL branches country wide in each District. This has enhanced the number of connected households to 30% (27% on-grid and 3% off-grid).

The boost of power generation is an outcome of successfully completed power projects including 25 MW gas-to methane power plant by KivuWatt/ Contour Global, an IPP project which commissioned the plant successfully in January 2016.

Current electrification rates stand at, 100 per cent of hospitals, 85 per cent of health centers, 92 per cent of administrative sector offices and 54 per cent of primary and secondary schools.

Rwanda Energy Group showcases its achievements in Energy sector in Rwanda

REG and its subsidiary companies staff and corporate customers listening to REG CEO and EUCL MD presentations at Kigali Serena Hotel

Rwanda Energy Group Ltd (REG) through its subsidiary, the Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL) on Thursday 16, February 2017 met its corporate customers to showcase its key achievements, challenges and way forward. The utility also presented the new electricity tariff and new connection policy to customers.

Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Energy Group Ltd (REG) while addressing the hundreds of corporate customers, noted that REG and its subsidiaries have achieved an outstanding performance in recent yearsMugiraneza, revealed this outstanding achievement during a get together meeting with its corporate customers at Kigali Serena Hotel. 

He said the service delivery has been improved tremendously through existence of EUCL branches country wide in each District and recorded generation capacity increase from 76MW in 2010 to 208MW in January 2017 (more than  3 times increase). 

 Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the Chief Executive Officer of REG during his presentation

Mugiraneza insisted that REG will meet the 2018 target to ensure at least 70 per cent of national households are connected to electricity.  He is confident that there are “quite a number of projects in the pipeline” to make the target feasible within the set timeframe. “We will use both on-grid and off-grid solutions to achieve this target,” he said. “We are signing many contracts with investors to roll out solar systems in rural areas, and this is really working out.”

The generation capacity increased from 160MW in 2014 to 208 MW in 2017. This increment has amplified the number of connected households to 30% (27% on-grid and 3% off-grid) and has offset planned load-shedding. Currently, the Utility has enough power to supply all its consumers. The boost of power generation is an outcome of successfully completed power projects including 25 MW gas-to methane power plant by KivuWatt/ Contour Global, an IPP project which commissioned the plant successfully in January 2016.  Current electrification rates stand at, 100 per cent of hospitals, 85 per cent of health centers, 92 per cent of administrative sector offices and 54 per cent of primary and secondary schools.

 Eng. Maj. Jean Claude Kalisa, the Managing Director of EUCL while addressing the Corporate Customers and staff during the meeting 

Eng. Maj. Jean Claude Kalisa, the Managing Director of Energy Utility Corporation Ltd (EUCL), said electrification targets will be met but the main focus should rather be on how to match electricity supply with demand. “We need to put infrastructure in place to close the power deficits and increase transmission lines,” Kalisa said.

The construction of new transmission lines was implemented and others are on-going to enable the power trade with neighboring countries and to strengthen the current network. These include among others: 220 kV Mirama – Shango: 98km  transmission line  connecting Rwanda and Uganda, line construction and testing completed 100% and substation construction ongoing; 220 kV Shango – Karongi-Rubavu – Goma: 167km transmission line connecting Rwanda with DRC; 110kV Ntendezi- Bugarama: 23km transmission and substation and 110kV line Rukarara-Kilinda: 32 km Line and substation.

REG Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Colorado State University

From left Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, REG CEO and Dr. Bryan Willson Director Energy institute Colorado State University during signing ceremony at REG Headquarters 

Rwanda Energy Group (REG) and Colorado State University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a framework of cooperation between the two institutions.

REG Chief Executive officer, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, signed on behalf of REG while Director Energy, Dr. Bryan Willson, signed for the Colorado state university.

The two institutions are seeking cooperation in the areas of energy research, economic development and potential commercial activities that support vision 2020/2050 activities.

“REG is looking forward to deepening its relationship with Colorado State University to support the promotion of Rwanda’s energy sector,” said Mugiraneza. This MoU is a window and starting point for other cooperation activities with Colorado State University”. “We are expanding our collaboration with different institutions, and we are therefore looking forward to a very strong collaboration with Colorado State University.” Mugiraneza added

The MoU will ensure that there is an exchange of staff for industrial training aimed at providing an opportunity to experience and learn more about industry and apply theoretical and practical skills.

The joint energy research activities will help bridge the research-policy gap, both to better inform energy research on pressing policy issues and to bring energy research more to the attention of policy-makers and government Rwanda.

Dr. Bryan Willson expressed optimism about the outcome of the collaboration. “We are very honoured to be associated with this prestigious institution, REG, which has done a lot in Rwanda energy sector and is a beacon of social and economic development on the region,” said Dr. Bryan  “We hope this collaboration will be a success story.”

The parties agreed to mobilize staff and corporate entities most suitable to advise, consult, plan and support joint REG-Colorado State University (CSU) collaborative projects. CSU agreed to work closely with the appropriate REG point of contact

 

From left Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, REG CEO and Dr. Bryan Willson Director Energy institute Colorado State University after signing MOU at REG Headquarters

Rwanda Energy Group Limited staff celebrates end of Year, 2016

From left Emmanuel Kamanzi, EDCL Managing Director, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, CEO Rwanda Energy Group (M)

and Maj. Eng. Jean Claude Kalisa, EUCL Managing Director at end of year celebration at Lemigo Hotel

 

Rwanda Energy Group Limited staff on Friday gathered at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali to celebrate the end of year, 2016. The celebration was to see the achievements and challenges of REG since its inception and plan how it can keep improving its effectiveness and efficiency in 2017.

The end of year event was attended by high ranking officials like the REG Board Chairman, Prof. Manassé Mbonye with Board Members, along with Group CEO Rwanda Energy Group Limited (REG), Mr. Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, Managing Director Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL), Eng. Maj. Kalisa Claude and Managing Director Energy Development Corporation limited (EDCL), Mr. Emmanuel Kamanzi.

In his opening remarks, Mugiraneza thanked every staff for their efforts rendered to achieve REG’s mission and vision in the year 2016. “Since our inception, have had a significant impact for us all, but I would like to thank you all for your significant support and dedication during these challenging times. The year ahead will bring its own challenges but I’m sure by working together, keeping focused on our priorities and putting our customers first we can realize our ambitions” Mugiraneza told the participants.

“2016 was quite a year for all of us at REG. We’ve been through many developments, in corporate governance, expanding the number of our branches for service delivery, power generation, transmission & distribution and we aim high to exceed our expectation in 2017”; he added.

 

CEO said that working in energy sector is quite challenging. But no matter what the circumstances are, we must not lose sight of our priority: to be strong and financially sustainable companies that put the customer at the heart of everything we do. Showing our customers how we can support them in their needs by providing advice when needed, flexibility where possible and a range of clear and simple products and services.

 

Rwanda Energy Group Limited staff at end of Year, 2016 ceremony on 23 December, 2016 

 

REG-EUCL launches a 90 days Performance Improvement Program

James Musoni, Minister of Infrastructure (M) REG CEO John Bosco Mugiraneza (L) and

Prof. Manasse Mbonye at Official Launch of the REG-EUCL PIP 

 

The subsidiary arm of the Rwanda Energy Group has launched a three months Performance Improvement Program that is designed to increase the efficiency of the services the group offers to people.

According to REG Chief Executive Officer Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the intention is to improve the entire value chain of the company beginning with commercial electricity operation segment and the trend evolve into covering the rest of the company.

The PIP will generate quick-wins in the transformation of EUCL into a highly efficient and customer centric organization that promotes based work practices and a culture of excellence.

In the 90 days the PIP will have rectified all the crumbling trends including improving network reliability, response time to faults and assuring customers of prompt complaint resolve.

“We are passionate about powering Rwanda to success. Our vision is to be the leading regional provider of innovative and sustainable energy solutions for National Development and we shall achieve this through developing and providing reliable and affordable energy while creating value for stakeholders,” the Minister of Infrastructure James Musoni said at the launch of the program.

Musoni noted that over the days PIP we have helped REG and the EUCL to tap into the different electric skills of the Rwandans which will promote championship, strategic development participatory approaches, innovation and competence

 

PIP has been initiated basing on the above principles to challenge individuals to go beyond Specific Measurable Achieve Realistic and Time-bound  or SMART and be able to achieve ‘Stretch targets’ which are only possible when the status-quo is designed for the benefit of improved services rendered to the customer.

 

REG Chief Executive Officer Jean Bosco Mugiraneza while addressing the

participants at PIP launch on Friday 23, 2016 at Lemigo hotel

 

PIP operations will switch on from January 1 to March 31 next year when it comprises strategies, SMART and Stretch targets are utilized with a careful monitoring and evaluation framework to promote incentives, penalties for collective responsibility and individual accountability.

The program will then be addressing eight thematic areas including Network Aviability, Revenue Collection, Loss Reduction, Efficiency of Operations, Talent Attraction or Retention, IT Systems and Automation, Skills Development or Enhancement and Performance Management.

 

After the launch of PIP, the Minister Musoni signed MOU with REG-EUCL top management.

 

James Musoni, Minister of Infrastructure (M) and Prof. Manasse Mbonye, REG-EUCL Chairman Board of Directors (R) signing MOU