Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has announced the successful commissioning of the 28MW Nyaborongo hydroelectric project in Rwanda, the Indian firm’s first involvement in hydropower in the country.

The Nyaborongo poject is owned by the Government of Rwanda and has been financed under the Government of India’s Line of Credit. BHEL’s scope of work in the project involved turnkey execution of the Hydro-mechanical and Electro-mechanical packages, comprising two Francis type hydro generating units of 14MW each. Major equipment supplied for the project includes hydro turbines, generators, transformers, controls, monitoring and protection systems and switchgear.

With the commissioning of this project the installed generating capacity of Republic of Rwanda has gone up by 24% from 119MW to 147MW.