Run-of-river SHP with a planned installed capacity of 7.6 MW and 36.7 GWh in annual production, located in the Rubirizi district. The Project secured investments of USD 24M, with USD 5.4M in GET FiT commitments. The design of the Project changed markedly during 2017, with the originally proposed headrace tunnel being replaced with a headrace canal, realignment of the penstock, and the introduction of a pebble tank and desilting basin.
Only limited construction activity was undertaken prior to September 2017, following which access road construction and excavation works for the headrace canal commenced in earnest. The Developer made good progress during Q4 2017 and was making arrangements to engage multiple sub-contractors and to construct the Project on multiple faces from early 2018. The supply and installation of the electromechanical equipment was expected to be on the critical path. The Developer plans for a COD in Q4 2018 but, given the aggressive construction schedule, Q1-Q2 2019 seems more likely.