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Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania to Build 90-Megawatt Hydropower Dam

October 25, 2011

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania plan to build a 90-megawatt hydropower plant at a cost of 400 billion Burundian francs ($312 million), said Burundian Mines and Energy Minister Moise Bucumi.

A feasibility study on the project will be released next month, Bucumi told reporters today in Bujumbura, the capital. Construction is expected to take three years, he said.

Burundi is rebuilding its economy after a decade-long civil war that killed 300,000 people and destroyed the country’s infrastructure. The East African nation has the capacity to produce 37.7 megawatts of electricity, according to a World Bank report published in September 2010.

Burundi faces “a substantial risk of major power-supply breakdowns that, in the worst-case scenario, could result in nearly complete lack of electricity supply for a prolonged period,” the Washington-based lender said.

--Editors: Paul Richardson, Karl Maier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Desire Nimubona in Bujumbura 257 79 995  dnimubona@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.


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