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

YUMN Ltd Signs $350 Million Financing for construction of a peat to power plant of 80MW

Kigali, 22nd November, 2016- YUMN Ltd signed the financing documents with lenders meant to construct of  a peat to  power plant of 80 MW located in Mamba sector, Gisagara District/Southern Province.

 

Signing ceremony held at Marriot Hotel in Kigali

The event was officiated by the Minister of Infrastructure, Honorable James MUSONI and the guest of honor and representative of the government of Rwanda who stood in to witness the signing ceremony.

YUMN ltd signed the financing documents with the core lenders such as Africa Finance Corporation (Mandated lead Arranger for Senior debt), Finnfund (mandated lead arranger for junior debt), PTA Bank, Afrexim Bank, Development Bank of Rwanda and Exim Bank of India respectively.

According to the Minister of Infrastructure, Hon.James MUSONI, the project comes as another commendable step towards achieving our economic goals and raising Rwandans economic and social status as replicated in our development strategies. “This project will increase our installed capacity by 80 MW and might be the biggest power plant in the country by the time it comes on line. Together with other energy projects in pipeline, it’s expected that our installed capacity will significantly increase to more than 500MW in the next five years “He quotes

The signing was also witnessed by the key players; Hakan Madencilik A.S, a coal trading company from Turkey, Quantum power  an investment platform focusing on power, energy, natural resources and related infrastructure, primarily in Africa  and Themis

Hakan Karasoy, Vice Chairman of Hakan Madencilik said: “We would like to thank the Government of Rwanda for its unwavering support of this project. We are excited to be bringing much needed electric power to the people of this country.”

Matty Vengerik, CEO of Quantum Power added: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone in the development of the project and are proud to partake in this important transformation of the Rwandan Energy Sector, which will have a significant impact on the country’s economy.”

YUMN Ltd is building an 80MW Peat-Fired Power Plant in Mamba Sector, Gisagara District under a Build Operate, Own and Transfer (BOOT) basis with a 26 year of Power Purchase Agreement.

The project involves construction and operations of both i) peat harvesting facilities and ii) power generation facilities. The Project has a second phase which has an additional 40MW of capacity.

The peat power plant will be constructed under EPC Contractor worth $350Million and the construction is expected to be completed in 36th Months. After the construction YUMN will operate the plant for 26 years and then transfer it to the government of Rwanda.

 This project is the first of its kind in Africa (first peat power project in Africa) expected to increase 40% of national power capacity and it will bring more energy independence to the Country since it is meant to use 100% of domestic fuel leading to reduction of imports.

Private Sector Participation in the Off-grid Micro-hydro Power development for Rural Development in Rwanda towards achieving Sustainable Energy for All

 

 

The Donor community in energy sector visited Nyakiramba Microhydro Power Plant, Muhanga District

Kigali, 23rd November, 2016 - The Donor community in energy sector visited some of the on-going and completed projects to assess the progress and the operationalization of the completed projects. The donor community that conducted a site visit includes; GIZ-EnDeV, World Bank, EU, BTC, AGI, DFID, Power Africa together with teams from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Rwanda Energy Group Ltd. The team visited Nyakiramba Microhydro Power Plant project located in Jurwe Cell, Kibangu Sector, Muhanga District worth around 48 Million Rwandan Francs.  The Power Plant has been developed by a local company called Energy and Construction Systems (ECOS with the support of Energising Development (EnDev) Programme with a grant 70% of the total project cost.  The grant is disbursed on Results Based approach.  The plant’s installed capacity is 11 kilo watts (kW) and is expected to supply power to at least 258 customers including households and small businesses in the area.  Currently, 220 customers are already connected and the number is increasing.

The EnDev is a multi-donor partnership, currently financed and governed by the Governments of the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Sweden. It is a global programme that operates in 24 countries to promote sustainable access to modern energy services for households, social institutions and small to medium-sized enterprises in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2006, GIZ EnDev Rwanda started Private Sector Participation in Micro-hydro Power development (PSP Hydro) and between 2010 and 2013, Rwanda’s first privately build, operated and owned MHPs came on the grid with Murunda (96kW) in April 2010, Mazimeru (500kW) in May 2012 and Musarara (438kW) in February 2013.

Private Sector Participation in Micro-hydro Power development (PSP Hydro) for Rural Development; Results-Based Financing (RBF) for Renewable Energy – Solar Lighting and Village Grids are the initiatives to increase Energy Access Programme to connect many households in Rwanda supported by Development Partners.

The Government of Rwanda has recently approved a Rural Electrification Strategy to supply electricity to rural households and businesses that are far from the National Grid using off-grid solutions.  Among the programmes promoted by the Strategy is the development of Mini-Grids where feasible.  The mini-grids can be powered by either solar or hydropower systems.  The implementation of this programme is being supported by the Government, Development Partners and Private Sector.

REG embraces HUZA to enhance efficiency

Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the REG Chief Executive Officer launching IBMS at Serena hotel 

Rwanda Energy Group (REG) and its subsidiary companies, the Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL) and the Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) have turned to new technologies as they step up efforts to enhance efficiency and transparency.

The Integrated and Business Management System (IBMS), according to Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the REG Chief Executive Officer, is part of the reforms being undertaken by the group to “boost efficiency and help minimise losses to spur revenue collection, as well as fix managerial gaps”.

The system in new its new name “HUZA” is an integrated solution that includes modern management tools and processes to inform decision-making and enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in electricity service delivery.

The HUZA System will consist of an enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer management system (CMS), and incident record management system (IRMS) all integrated together. The REG chief said the solution, by South African-based enterprise software developer, IFS, will help the utility reduce commercial losses from current 3 per cent to less than one per cent.

“The solution will support mission-critical business processes such as financials, payroll, supply chain management, human resources, and project management,” he added. He added that it will be integrated with other commercially-supportive systems offered by IFS through its partner Fluentgrid of India.

“We were looking for a modern business management solution that can enhance organisation control and aid timely decision-making to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability throughout the organisation,” said EUCL managing director Eng Jean-Claude Kalisa. He added that the IFS applications suit the firm’s requirements in terms of functional breadth, scalability, and user-friendliness.

Maj. Eng. Jean-Claude Kalisa, EUCL Managing Director, addressing the participants at the HUZA launch

Gawie van der Merwe, the IFS South Africa Managing Director, said the software is a cost-effective, adding that it can be used to manage new infrastructure developments, monitor programmes and project progress, as well as “leave an asset management legacy for on-going plant and facility maintenance”.

“We are, therefore, looking forward to supporting REG improve efficiency across the organisation,” he noted.