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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.

As at 30 June 2016, the overall project is 68% complete (slow progress due to contract restructuring). This percentage excludes the Burundi component which has not started yet because of the political situation in the country.
The consultants commenced in February 2016 and have held kick-off meetings and submitted the Inception reports and conducted two review workshops and trainings in April 2016. The consultants are now preparing the interim report. EU visibility products in the form of press release were drafted and an article for the EU newsletter is under preparation.