Gishoma 15 MW Peat to Power Project

Project Category Peat
Project Name Gishoma 15 MW Peat to Power Project
Donor/Funder REG - Bank of Kigali (Loan)
Effectiveness Date 01 Jan 2012
Closure Date 31 May 2017
Status Completed


Since 2010, the Government started development of the 15MW peat power plant in Gishoma, Rusizi District, to reduce electricity deficit which the country was facing and to coincide with a significant growth of electricity demand observed in the region as a result of the expansion of the local cement factory and country development.

In the above context, the consortium of Shengli Energy Group Co. Ltd/Shandong Run Power Plant Engineering Technology Co Ltd was awarded in 2012 a contract to build 15 MW Peat Fired Power Plant in Gishoma, Rusizi District, Western Province.

As it was the first of its kind in Rwanda and in Africa in general, the plant was constructed as a pilot power plant to demonstrate the possibility of generating electricity from peat energy available in the region. Currently construction works have been completed and the power plant was tested and connected successfully to the grid.

The project was completed in 2017 and both testing and commissioning have been successful. REG asked the building consortium to fix some few technical issues before handing over the plant to Government for operation and maintenance.

Geographic Coverage

Gishoma, Rusizi District


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