The Project to be prepared by the EU-ITF funds concerns the rehabilitation and privatisation of Ruzizi I and II hydropower plants (HPPs), which are situated on the Ruzizi river - the natural border river between the DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. For Ruzizi I, generation is expected to increase by 7.6 MW, while Ruzizi II is expected to see an expansion of 7.8 MW (the original installed capacity). The Project is also expected to contribute to climate change mitigation and to foster regional integration. the project is currently put on hold as significant differences in opinion aoub the project conept between potential funders and the owners of the power plants emerged.
The EU-AITF grant operation covers studies on the institutional set up of the Hydro Power Plants Ruzizi I and II and their technical rehabilitation needs as well as a technical assistance for the Great Lakes Energy Organization (EGL). The institutional study analyses necessary institutional and financial reforms, recommends technical and commercial management options for Ruzizi I and II and will prepare the tender documents for the recruitment of the private operator. The technical study will identify the rehabilitation needs of the HPPs and the associated infrastructure and prepare the tender documents. With the TA measures, adequate support shall be provided to EGL, in their role as coordinator of the Ruzizi (and other energy) projects. This comprises technical support for regional energy planning and for the establishment of a harmonised, single data basis on planned and future power generation and correlated load flows. It further comprises capacity development for EGL to improve management of complex projects such as Ruzizi III and IV, with a particular focus on the implementation of PPP projects as well as training for environmental and social issues.