An international group signed a $350 million deal with Rwandan government to finance an 80 megawatt (MW) peat-fired power plant in Rwanda.
An internatiol group signed a $350 million(R$4 billion) deal on Tuesday to finance an 80 megawatt (MW) peat-fired power plant in Rwanda, part of an effort to expand power production in a nation where just a quarter of the population are linked to the grid.
The power plant will be the second in the country when it starts production by the target date of 2019. The first peat plant is expected to be completed this year with 15 MW capacity.
Yumn Ltd, a group that includes Turkish coal trading firm Hakan Madencilik AS, energy company Quantum Power and project development firm Themis is constructing the plant on a Build Operate, Own and Transfer (BOOT) basis with a 26-year of power purchase agreement, the group said in a statement.
“Together with other energy projects in the pipeline, it is expected that our installed capacity will significantly increase to more than 500 MW in the next five years,” James Musoni, the infrastructure Minister said.
The Minister also said that the project will be fully implemented by HAKAN. The Government of Rwanda will facilitate the Company by constructing roads for the power plant to be accessible and power transmission line that will ease power distribution. He also affirmed that HAKAN is a competitive company to implement the project successfully.
Financing is coming from lead arranger for senior debt Africa Finance Corporation and Finnfund, Finland’s development finance company which is lead arranger for the junior debt, as well as PTA Bank, Afrexim Bank, Development Bank of Rwanda and Exim Bank of India.
Rwanda has been seeking to boost her power production using its own resources, rather than trucking in fuel. In May, it began production from the Kivuwatt plant, using methane gas from Lake Kivu.
Rwanda, which has delivered sound economic growth in the two decades since it was torn apart by genocide, aims to provide 70 percent of its 11 million population with power from the grid or off-grid by 2018, up from 25 percent now.
The peat power plant will be constructed under EPC Contractor worth $350Million and the construction is expected to be completed in 36th Months. After the construction YUMN will operate the plant for 26 years and then transfer it to the government of Rwanda.
This project is the first of its kind in Africa (first peat power project in Africa) expected to increase 40% of national power capacity and it will bring more energy independence to the Country since it is meant to use 100% of domestic fuel leading to reduction of imports.
The Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) as the core host of other lenders injected in $16Million for the construction of Peat to Power Plant.