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Rwanda to buy 30 MW power from Olkaria geothermal plants in Kenya

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Francisco Rojas 11 Dec 2014

Reuters states that the project aims to build a 400 kV electricity line running from Olkaria, where Kenya is expanding geothermal power production via Uganda

Reuters Africa reports that Kenya will soon sell 30 MW to Rwanda in the following year in order to address the growing need for power in they country.

According to the same source, “Rwanda has a power output capacity of 160 MW that is level with the demand, piling pressure for alternative sources.”

This lack of power does not affect Rwanda uniquely, since neighbouring countries suffer similar problems. A lack of a reliable supply of electricity not only affects consumers but also has an impact in business development.

Reuters also details that “the project aims to build a 400 kilovolt (kV) electricity line running from Olkaria, where Kenya is expanding geothermal power production, via Uganda to Birembo in Rwanda.”

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Source: Reuters Africa