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(Rwanda) Rwaza I & II Hydropower Projects

Background: A USTDA grant to Rwandan energy developer DC HydroPower Ltd (Grantee) is funding Technical Assistance to support the company’s plans to develop two small run-of-the-river hydropower plants on the Mukungwa River in Rwanda’s northwest Musanze District (Project). The Project includes two hydropower plants, Rwaza I and Rwaza II, which would generate 2.6 Megawatts (MW) and 1.0 MW, respectively.  The Project is intended to increase power generation capacity for the Musanze District.

The projected timeline for construction is 18 months, with construction estimated to begin in October 2015. Equipment and services that will be needed for Project implementation include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction of the following components:
  • Diversion weir with intake
  • Trash rack
  • Sediment trap
  • 1.5 km of a 5m wide by 2m depth channel
  • Powerhouse (including installation of turbine & generator)
  • Maintenance building
  • Electrical switch yard
  • Forebay and penstock
  • 1 km access roadway
  • 30kv transmission line (8 km long to existing 110 kv line)
  • Pre-fabricated bridge structure and abutments


These facilities will be constructed at each of the sites, except for the maintenance building which will be a shared facility.

Point of Contact:

For more information about this Project and how your company can participate, please contact Pete Hemingway with Ritoch-Powell & Associates via email at phemingway@ritochpowell.com.

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