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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.

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 has been submitted and there will be a workshop in February to validate it. An Article was prepared in July/August for the EU newsletter and posters prepared for use in Workshops highlighting the EU funding of the two studies.