Regional cooperation Improving energy supply, bringing down the cost of energy
In 2020, only roughly 2.4 gigawatts of installed capacity were available for hydropower electricity generation. Yet, because of wear and tear and technical problems only approximately 70 per cent of this capacity were actually readily available for power generation. At the same time, only about 20 per cent of the people have access to electricity. In rural regions, this rate is as low as one per cent.
The BMZ is supporting efforts to technically upgrade the two largest power plants of the DR Congo to ensure that the power generated reaches consumers safely and with minimal losses.
In addition, financial support is being provided for the construction of new hydropower plants and transmission lines on the Ruzizi river. Both people in the eastern provinces of the DR Congo and in Rwanda and Burundi are to benefit from improved power supply and lower production costs. Support is also being provided to promote the technical dialogue between the experts of the three countries. This is especially valuable against the backdrop of the growing conflicts in the region.
As at: 19/07/2023