Thursday, July 9, 2009

Electricity Burundi

Our journey to look at the electricity production and needs in Africa has landed us in Burundi.
The lion share of electricity production comes from hydro (this is putting a big smile on my face because it is green!!!).

Electricity is mainly available in the two major cities of Bujumbura (the capital) and Gitega.
Data is very hard to obtain, but it looks like within the two cities, the demand for electricity out strips the production by about 25%, in other words, these two cities need about 25% more than what is available.
Before we think of the situation NOT being bad, let us not forget, the grid leads to the two main cities, the rest of the country is in the DARK.
The population of Burundi is roughly 7,500,000. Of this, approximately 331,000lives in Bujumbura, while 23, lives in Gitega. Folks, more than 90% of the population has NO ACCESS to electricity.

Burundi imports about one-third of her electricity from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This shows why the DRC needs to make sure Inga I, II, and III all need to be working close to 90% if not 100%.

Regardless of what has happened in the past to vis-à-vis civil unrest, this landscape has more hippos than cheetahs.

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