Burundi Plans Power-Transmission Line to Congo to Curb Outages

Burundi will build a power-transmission line to a hydropower dam to be located in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo that will help alleviate electricity shortages, Energy Minister Come Manirakiza said.

The 78-kilometer (49-mile) link will cost 53.6 billion francs ($35 million), Manirakiza told reporters in Rubirizi, about 25 kilometers north of the capital, Bujumbura, on Monday. The country will receive about 26 billion francs of funding from the African Development Bank and about 27 billion francs from Germany’s KfW, he said.

The government will spend 600 million francs compensating land owners for the disruption caused by the construction of the 220-kilovolt line, Vice President Joseph Butore said at the briefing. The work will be carried out by Angelique International Ltd. of India, he said.

The Ruzizi Hydropower project consists of the construction of a 147-megawatt plant on the Ruzizi River bordering Congo and Burundi, according to the European Union Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund.

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