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Rwanda pushes for 70 percent access within Kagame’s next mandate

As President Paul Kagame seeks a controversial third term, citing his record of developing Rwanda, his government can point to considerable success in installing new generation capacity. This is essential to accelerate energy access, which has risen from 6% in 2008 to 24% in 2015. The target is to reach 70% access in 2018, infrastructure minister James Musoni said during a visit to London in December. On 8 December, US-based Symbion Power announced it had signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rwanda Energy Group (REG) to develop a 50MW methane gas plant on Lake Kivu.

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