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Rwanda is empowering itself to achieve universal access to electricity by 2024. One of the options taken in this context is the local manufacture of certain equipment, including cables for electrical transmission lines.
The Nyanza district will soon be home to Rwanda’s second-largest power cable manufacturing plant. The $5 million infrastructure is built by Mark Cables Factory, a world-renowned cable manufacturer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The first phase of operation of the plant will begin in June 2021. The second phase is scheduled for August.
According to Eric Rutabana, Milbridge Group’s East Africa Director, Rwanda depended on the importation of different varieties of cables. The country would spend at least $30 million a year on cable imports. “With the ambitious goal of extending electricity to all Rwandans, we must have local industries that support this goal…. saidthe official.
The plant, with its production capacity of about 35,000 tonnes per year, will be able to export to neighbouring markets. “First, we are targeting the Rwandan market with different types of products, including AB cables, service cables, building cables, flexible cables, multiconductor cables and underground cables,”says Rutabana.
The government’s ambition is to increase electricity generation capacity from 238.36 MW to 556 MW by 2024. As a result, people’s access to electricity is expected to increase from 56.7% to 100% by 2024.