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Burundi,United States : WORLD BANK to support a $100 million project in BURUNDI

April 25, 2014

The World Bank is supporting a hydropower project in the Republic of Burundi, a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of Southeast Africa, with a $100 million (59.5 million) loan.

The Jiji-Mulembwe project will finance the construction of 2 hydropower stations with a total capacity of 48 MW, generating clean electricity and replacing those produced from costly alternative sources such as diesel generators.

Only 4% of Burundi s 10 million people have access to electricity, making it one of the lowest access rates.

Demand for electricity is expected to grow from 46 MW in 2012 to 92 MW by 2018 and could reach as high as 192 MW by 2025.

By developing hydropower, the World Bank can contribute to peace and stability in the wider Great Lakes region.

The Jiji-Mulembwe hydropower project will deliver clean, low-cost hydropower and development impact for Burundi while protecting the environment.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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