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HQ Peat Power Plant construction in Rwanda nears completion

HQ Peat Power Plant in Rwanda is nearing completion. This is according to Dominique Gubbini, the General Manager of HQ Power

Jan 4th 2021 · 1 min read
HQ Peat Power Plant construction in Rwanda nears completion

HQ Peat Power Plant in Rwanda is nearing completion after approximately three years of construction.  This is according to Dominique Gubbini, the General Manager of HQ Power, which is the company behind the development of the facility.

HQ Power is owned by a Turkish investor called HAKAN AS, an international power company dubbed Quantum Power, with the participation of Themis, a leading project developer and investor with an exclusive focus on incremental renewable power generation assets in Sub Saharan Africa.

40MW to be connected to the national grid by March this yearMr. Gubbini said that by March 2021, the plant which is located in Mamba in Gisagara District will start releasing 40 megawatts of electricity into the national grid.

“The 40 megawatts will be produced by the part of the plant which is under completion and which will be tested in the course of this month. The remaining part we hope to complete by May to allow additional 30 megawatts to be connected to the grid by June this year,” explained the HQ Power, general manager.

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The plant will have a capacity to produce 80 megawatts of electricity, 87.5 of which will be connected to the national grid while the remaining percentage, equivalent to 10 megawatts, will be retained for the plant’s daily operations.

The largest peat to power electricity plant in the Eastern African regionBuilt under a Build Operate, Own and Transfer (BOOT) basis with a 26 year of Power Purchase Agreement, the HQ Power peat will be the largest of its kind in the Eastern African region and the second-largest in Africa.

It will also be among the list of those providing the most electricity in the East African country, together with Nyabarongo Hydro Power Plant, which is currently the largest and that produces 28 megawatts of electricity.

last updated: 2021-01-04@18:01