November 28 2013 at 10:54am
Dar es Salaam - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $113-million loan to fund a cross-border hydro-power project aimed at easing chronic energy shortages in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
Lack of access to electricity is a major constraint to economic growth in the region.
The loan will fund construction of electricity transmission facilities for the 80-megawatt Rusumo Falls project on the Tanzania-Rwanda border.
“Construction of the transmission facilities is expected to be completed by August 2018; the three countries will share the power generated equally,” AfDB said in a statement late on Wednesday.
The estimated cost of the project is $468.6-million, with the AfDB funding the transmission facilities.