Nyabarongo I Hydroelectric Power Station

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Nyabarongo I Hydroelectric Power Station
Nyabarongo I Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Rwanda
Nyabarongo I Hydroelectric Power Station
Map of Rwanda showing the location of Nyabarongo I Hydroelectric Power Station
LocationMushishiro, Muhanga District
Coordinates01°59′19.5″S 29°37′59.5″E / 1.988750°S 29.633194°E / -1.988750; 29.633194Coordinates: 01°59′19.5″S 29°37′59.5″E / 1.988750°S 29.633194°E / -1.988750; 29.633194
Construction costUS$110 million
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsNyabarongo River
Normal elevation1,550 m (5,090 ft)
Commission date2014[1]
Turbines2 x 14 MW (19,000 hp)
Installed capacity28 MW (38,000 hp)

Nyabarongo I Hydroelectric Power Station is a 28 megawatts (38,000 hp) hydroelectric power station in Rwanda.[2]


The power station is located across the Nyabarongo River, near the settlement of Mushishiro, Muhanga District, in Rwanda's Southern Province.[3] This location lies approximately 75 kilometres (47 mi), by road, southwest of Kigali, the capital and largest city in Rwanda.[4] Mushishiro lies approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi), by road, south of the provincial headquarters at Gitarama.[5]


Nyabarongo I Power Station is a hydropower plant in Rwanda, completed in October 2014, with a commissioning date in November 2014. At an estimated cost of US$110 million, the planned capacity installation is 28 MW. The project involves a dam, with run of river design, across the River Mwogo, one of the tributaries of Nyabarongo River. The project, undertaken by Angelique International Limited and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited of India, is the largest hydropower installation in Rwanda, to date.[6] Naresh Kapoor Sr., General Manager is the Chief Project Officer appointed by Angelique International Limited of India.[7] Part of the engineering work was also subcontracted to the Australian company Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).[8] Both the units were synchronised to the Rwandan grid on 27 October 2014 and 30 October 2014. The Rwanda government gave the contractor a deadline in October 2014.[9] The power station was completed and handed over by consortium to client on 28 November 2014. It was officially inaugurated by the president of Rwanda on 5 March 2015.[10]

Other considerationsEdit

  • Material handling, etc. of complete E&M package of 2x14 MW Vertical Francis Hydro Generating Units at Nyaborongo HEP, Republic of Rwanda, Africa package carried out by FITWELL Power Projects an Indian company as sub-contractor of BHEL.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Athan Tashobya (26 October 2014). "Nyabarongo power plant to be switched on tomorrow". The New Times. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  2. ^ Eustache Hakizimana, U. G. Wali, D. Sandoval and Kayibanda Venant (2020). "Environmental Impact Assessment of Hydropower Plants in Rwanda: Nyabarongo I Hydropower Plant (NHPP I)" (PDF). Energy and Environmental Engineering 7(2): 27-37, 2020. doi:10.13189/eee.2020.070202. Retrieved 29 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ The New Times. "Nyabarongo Dam Located In Mushishiro Sector". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Road Distance Between Kigali And Mushishiro With Map". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Map Showing Gitarama And Mushishiro With Distance Marker". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  6. ^ Peter (22 October 2014). "Nyabarongo To Start Hydro Production In November". Rwanda Energy. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  7. ^ Frank Kanyesigye (26 July 2011). "Rwanda: Nyabarongo Hydro Project To Be Completed By 2014". New Times (Rwanda) via AllAfrica.com. Kigali. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  8. ^ Tiphomus Muyagu (24 March 2014). "Rwanda: Nyabarongo Hydro-Electric Plant to Significantly Boost Energy Supply". New Times (Rwanda) via AllAfrica.com. Kigali. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  9. ^ Ivan R. Mugisha (2 September 2014). "Nyabarongo Hydropower Contractor Given October Deadline". New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  10. ^ Government of Rwanda (6 March 2015). "Rwanda: President Kagame Inaugurates Nyabarongo I Hydro Plant to Power Economic Transformation". Government of Rwanda. Kigali. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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