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Rwanda: Africa’s first peat power plant

Africa’s first peat power plant is expected to be operational by February, and should be followed by other projects, making peat Rwanda’s second source of electricity generation after hydropower by 2017.The 15MW plant, built by China’s Shengli Energy Group at Gishoma in Ruzizi District, will supply electricity to the local cement factory, which is expanding to increase its production capacity to 600,000 tonnes of cement from 100,000 tonnes at present. The plant is expected to cost $36m, and construction is being supervised by India’s Wapcos Ltd.

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