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 years. Mugiraneza, 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.