May 19—The Rwandan government has chosen a consortium that includes Portugal’s Efacec and a subsidiary of the Tunisian Company of Electricity and Gas (STEG), to build three new 200kV power sub-stations.
The approximately 10.5 million euro ($11.6 million) contract has to be completed within 18 months.
The government has given itself the target of providing electricity to at least 70% of Rwanda’s households by the end of next year. Currently only 25% have access to power.
“Being chosen for this project attests, once again, Efacec’s skills. We are proud of this new act of trust bestowed to our company. We’ll continuously work in order to bring power to all the parts of the world,” Ângelo Ramalho, Efacec’s CEO said.
The proposed stations are vital for distributing electricity to the country’s rural areas, including Rwabusoro in Nyanza district and Rilima in Bugesera district. The three units will give flow to the 80MW produced from the Mamba Biomass Power Station for the national electricity grid.
The proven technical abilities and skills of Efacec’s High Tension Substations tipped the scales for the Portuguese firm. STEG International Services will oversee the engineering, supply, supervision and commissioning of the three substations on a turn-key basis. Efacec’s partnership with STEG is a result of an ongoing project in Tunisia which also involves a substations contract.