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Burundi: Power funding under threat

The power sector has been hit by suspension of European funding amid a worsening political crisis, but China continues to play a role. On 26 August, energy and mines minister Côme Manirakiza announced the signing of an agreement with China on a construction schedule for a 17MW hydropower station on the Ruzibazi River. Works should begin in August 2017 and be completed in 2021. A prefeasibility study for the project was carried out by Fichtner in 1983, and the construction contract is expected to be awarded to China’s CGC Overseas Construction Group.

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