- PS, the industrial and infrastructure development arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), together with Norwegian international renewable energy company, SN Power, signed project agreements for the Ruzizi III hydropower project with the governments of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda back in July 2019. Read more
- The tender for the EPC works has now been published for the 147MW project by Ruzizi III Energy Limited.
The proposed 147MW Ruzizi III is planned as a run-of-river hydropower project and will be located on the River Ruzizi. River Ruzizi flows from Lake Kivu to Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa and delineates the southern border of Rwanda with DRC and also forms the border between DRC and Burundi.
The EPC contract will include the engineering, procurement, construction, testing, and commissioning of a 45m height embankment dam with associated spillway, low-level outlet, and eco-flow powerhouse, a 3.8km long, 6 to 7m diameter, concrete-lined headrace tunnel from the dam reservoir to the powerhouse, penstock and unit penstocks, power station and a switchyard.
Other works concern an 8.3km long 220 kV double-circuit transmission line connecting the Ruzizi III substation to the regional dispatch station in Kamanyola (DRC), access roads from Bugarama (Rwanda) and Kamanyola (DRC) to the dam site, and all other ancillary and related works.
The project is being developed on the Ruzizi River, which provides the link between Lake Kivu and Lake Tanganyika, under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The private sector project sponsors are IPS East Africa and SN Power. The public sector parties are represented by the Governments of the Republics of Burundi and Rwanda as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The project has an intended installed capacity of about 147MW scalable to 200 MW, subject to final definition studies. The power generated will be distributed to the three countries via existing distribution networks, connected to Ruzizi I and Ruzizi II.
Pre-qualification documents will be made available free of charge in a dedicated virtual data room. Interested applicants may request access to the VDR by email but applicants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to being granted access to the virtual data room. All requests must be sent to: RuziziIII_EPC_Prequalification@ruzizienergy.com
Author: Bryan Groenendaal