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Interconnection of the Electric Grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries

Eastern Africa
Grant Amount
EUR 2,000,000
Total project cost
EUR 317,600,000
Under disbursement
PFG Lead Financier

This multinational project comprises the interconnection of the electric grids of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda and consists of the construction of 400, 220 and 110 kV transmission lines and substations. The regional interconnection project’s main objectives are to increase availability and reliability of electric energy, increase energy trade between the countries, increase access by the people to electricity and reduce electric energy costs.

This important regional interconnection project will be supported by a regional guidelines study which will establish the modalities for an efficient cross border power market between the five project countries. The regional guidelines will instruct the requirements for an efficient and effective operation of the interconnected system.

In Rwanda - 272km of 220kV Transmission lines completed, one  110kV substation is 95% complete and energized, remaining 4 220kV substations are at various stages of completion ranging from 75% - 35%; In Uganda 100km of Transmission line is complete, two substations at 75- 85% complete; In kenya transmission line is 50% complete and substations at 61% complete but work is on hold due to contractual issues; in Burundi, Construction of the transmission line is at stage of construction desing approvals while work on substations has stooped ad resoursces from KFW are suspended; in the DRC the 7km transmission line from Rwanda border to Goma is complete byt substation is at 30% completion.

The consultants commenced in February 2016 and have held kick-off meetings, submitted the Inception reports, conducted three review workshops for each study and given training sessions in April 2016. The draft Final report was submitted in November 2016 and the reivised draft final report was submitted for adoption to the NELSAP steering Committee on 23rd March 2017. The financier's remarks at the Steering Committee Meeting was made by a representative of the EU delegation in Kenya. An Article on the project was prepared for publishing in July/August 2016 in the EU newsletter and various posters highlighting EU participation in the project were prepared for use during the 22-23 March 2017 NELSAP Steering Committee Workshop in Nairobi - Kenya