About the Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project

about rusumo falls

The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project (RRFP) is a hydropower project under joint development by the Governments of Republic of Burundi, Republic of Rwanda and United Republic of Tanzania through a commonly owned Rusumo Power Company (RPCL). The joint development was entered by the three governments through a Tripartite Agreement  signed on 16th February, 2012. The project is located at Rusumo Falls, at the common border of Rwanda and Tanzania on River Kagera. The power production facilities are located entirely on the south side of the bank of the Kagera River in Tanzania, while the substation is located on the northern side of the bank of the river in Rwanda.


Development Objectives of RFPDevelopment Objectives of RFP

The project aims to increase power supply to Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania at an affordable cost by developing a common hydropower facility of approximately 80MW. The three (3) beneficiary countries shall also construct the associated transmission lines from the substation to the respective substations in each of the countries. The construction of the transmission line however is not the responsibility of RPCL. Additionally, the project will contribute to community development near the Project area through related social and environmental programs that might include watershed management and improved access to electricity.

Project Concept


The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydro-Electric Power Project will be developed, financed, owned and operated by the Rusumo Power Company Limited (RPCL). The RPCL has been established as a corporate entity with equal shareholding by the three governments of, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania. It was incorporated in Rwanda under Rwandan company law. For the purpose of acquiring land and other authorizations, permits and licenses in Tanzania, the company will also be registered in Tanzania. The Regional Rusumo Falls Hydro-Electric Power Project will be implemented through a publicly financed but privately managed mechanism. NELSAP will provide implementation and monitoring support services to RPCL during the development and construction phase of the power plant in accordance with the Project Implementation and Support Agreement (PISA). The Funding of the power plant has been entirely sourced from International Development Association (IDA) and shall be availed to the Governments both as grants and credits in accordance with the IDA borrowing terms of each of the Shareholder countries. These funds shall be specifically remitted by the three Governments to the RPCL in the form of on lent funds and in proportionally equal sums on the same terms and conditions. Repayments of the subsidiary loans shall be from the sale of power from the Hydropower Plant by RPCL to the utilities of the three countries. It is anticipated that each utility shall take a third of the power generated from the power plant.

Construction works of the project


The Construction works will involve the following:
a)    The Owner’s Engineer (OE): This will be an international firm of Engineering Consultants that will be responsible for the design, preparation of construction drawings and construction supervision of the civil engineering works;
b)    A Civil Engineering Contractor (CEC): This will be a civil works contractor of international repute that will be responsible for the civil works (including the construction of the dam, waterways, power station and all the other associated civil engineering works); and
c)    An Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) Contractor: This will be a company with international repute in the provision of electro-mechanical packages to hydro power projects of at least the size of the Project and shall be responsible for the design, manufacture, installation, quality control, commissioning and timely delivery of the electro-mechanical works for the power plant (including the Rusumo Falls substation).
Each of the three governments and its Utility Company will be responsible for the evacuation of power from the power plant.
Our main financiers include: The World Bank (IDA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Netherlands Government, KfW of Germany, European Investment Bank (EIB), AFD of France, SIDA (Sweden), Nigerian Trust Fund (NTF), among others.