REG Achieves a Major Milestone on Huza System Development.

Rwanda Energy Group and its subsidiaries, the Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL) and Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) kicked-off the development of an Integrated Business Management System also  known as HUZA

The system is billed to transform the operations of REG across its value chain, improve its operations cutting down time in internal processes, enhance internal coordination and substantially push the level of Customer Service to an Industry Standard.

This is one of the flagship components of the Rwanda Electricity Sector Strengthening Project (RESSP) with funding support from the World Bank

The system has various Modules;

Today Friday March 24, 2017 the project achieved a major milestone by the signing-off of the System Blue-Prints for all the modules. The EUCL Managing Director, Major Eng. Jean Claude Kalisa signed for REG while Mr. Pieter Oosthuizen signed on behalf of The Application Software

IFS Pty-Fluentgrid Limited Consortium who won the tender to develop the system.

This means that the Consortium can now proceed to detailed system design and configuration, before embarking on testing, training and finally data migration. The project teams are working tirelessly to get the ERP module GO-LIVE by July 01, 2017 while the CMS/IRMS modules are set for the last quarter of 2017.

The System development process was launched in November 2016 with a colorful event at the Kigali Serena hotel. The Consortium started with an assessment of the current status of systems and processes in REG based on   which they have produced blue prints. These are aligned to the REG business but re-engineered to adopt Best Practices and maximize the benefit of new technologies to boost operating efficiency.

Over the past six weeks, the key users have gone through a Blue-Print validation exercise with the System developers (The Consortium) to confirm the defined business processes and their suitability for REG business operations

The next quarter ending June 30, 2017 will witness REG becoming a hive of activity especially with the various users being trained on the various aspects of the System’s operations and data migration before GO-LIVE in July 2017. A dedicated development and training facility was set-up at  the CHIC House 2nd Floor to serve the staff and system developers through the various stages.

In this period, a HUZA Change Management Team has also been set up to support the development effort by progressively walking the users and other staff along the change path as the system takes root in REG. This committee is chaired by Mr. Francis Mulindabigwi – Director Corporate Services in EUCL.

The Team has developed a comprehensive action plan that will see them engage all the Staff in the EUCL‘s 33 strong branch network and other working posts of REG. The object is to ensure that  the development of the system and the users go through a smooth, efficient and productive transition.

 

SIX ARRESTED IN OPERATION AGAINST THEFT OF ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT

The arrested people in operation against theft of electric equipment

Police in Musanze District arrested six people on Tuesday, 7th March 2017 in connection with vandalizing and stealing electric cables and transmission tower cross arms plugged off electric poles.

The suspects currently detained at Muhoza Police Station, were identified as Jerome Mwamarakiza, Anastase Uwimana, Faustin Nshimiyimana, Jean Mulisa, Jean d’Amour Kurugishuri and Theoneste Ntirenganya.

At the time of their arrest, they were found with 165 transmission tower cross arms, all in good shape, and over 200 meters of electric cables; the items were with over Rwf31 million.

Stanley Nkubito, the Head of Energy Efficiency and Revenue Protection at Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL), said: “Normally stolen transmission tower cross arms are used in forming firm standing ground for heavy machineries, and it cost the government a lot of money to repair the affected infrastructures, which in some cases cause power outage.”

“The theft of these electric materials undermines the government’s efforts to connect more Rwandans to the national grid and cost the taxpayer,” said Nkubito.

The electronic equipment are said to be stolen at night from houses and electric poles, and sold cheaply on the black market for blacksmith or as scraps.

“The effects of such malpractices are gross to an extent that they also put EUCL’s reputation at stake as well as losses; when electric materials are vandalized, it affects power supply and people’s businesses are affected, that’s why we urge the public to work closely with the police in ensuring such infrastructures are jealously protected,” Nkubito added.

The Northern Region Police Spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira thanked residents who provided credible information that led to the recovery of the electric equipment and subsequent arrest.

He also warned against vandalizing public infrastructures and stealing of equipment.

“These infrastructures are meant to support community development and the country in general.  Vandalizing them means slowing down development, which we can’t allow,” said IP Gasasira.

Article 406 of the Rwandan penal code states that “any person who willfully destroys or damages in any way, in all or a part, buildings, bridges, dams, water pipes, water pipe routes, roads, railways or any other means of communication or electric power infrastructure, wells or any other buildings which do not belong to him or her, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of two to five years and a fine of twice to ten times the value of the damaged property.”

The stolen electric cables and transmission tower cross arms plugged off electric poles

Rwanda Energy Group to renew momentum to support Agaciro Development Fund

 

From left Emmanuel Kamanzi-MD EDCL, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza-REG-CEO, Jean Paul Ntambara fundraising manager Agaciro Development Fund and Maj. Eng. Jean Claude Kalisa- MD-EUCL.

Rwanda Energy Group Limited (REG) Staff and its subsidiaries has committed to renew their support to Agaciro Development Fund. The pledge was made on Friday, 3rd March 2017 during the meeting at Hilltop Hotel that gathered members of the REG Holding, Energy Utility Corporation Limited (EUCL), Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) and Agaciro Development Fund.

The meeting was held under a joint auspices to share the Fund’s achievements and reflect on strategies for the continued growth and sustainability of the Fund. Speaking at the meeting, Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the Chief Executive of Rwanda Energy Group thanked the staff for their vital willingness to support to Agaciro Development Fund. 

“We find it important to contribute to the Fund since it is for the country’s development.” Jean Bosco Mugiraneza said. The CEO stated that the government acknowledges their enthusiasm in Rwanda’s journey towards ownership and fast-tracking of its development.

So far, the Fund has extended to 41 Rwf billion from 35 Rwf billion contributions, this means that 6 Rwf billion has been generated from the interests invested in different sectors; Jean Paul Ntambara, the Agaciro Development Fund, fundraising manager said. The Fund’s assets are composed of voluntary contributions, Government contributions and returns from its investment

The Fund’s current focus is on maintaining existing investment platforms. In the near future the Fund plans to diversify investments in other sectors with safety and high returns.

Members of the REG and its subsidiaries were appreciative of the progress and pledged to support continuously the Fund. The chief executive officer said that together with the utility members efforts are going to be renewed to support Agaciro Fund. Every staff will contribute 1% of his/her net salary per month.

REG/EUCL/EDCL Staff during the meeting

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.