Burundi is going to buy 30 megawatts of electricity as part of solutions to the country’s energy crisis, the east African country’s energy minister said Monday evening.

Burundian Energy and Mining Minister Come Manirakiza was speaking in a press conference during the presentation of the ministry’s activity report for the last six months.

A private investor has supplied power generators that will produce 30 MW. Burundian government is going to buy from the investor and will distribute it to through the country’s Water and Electricity company (REGIDESO).

“During the month of August, we plans to reduce the power rationing for all subscribers of REGIDESO,” said Manirakiza. He however said electricity bills will be increased as the new electricity supply will be generated in terms of thermal energy.

“New tariffs will have an increase of 0.20 U.S. dollars per kilowatt-hour. This is a competitive price because we want to encourage foreign investors to come to invest in Burundi in the energy sector,” said Manirakiza.

The minister of energy last month said the energy crisis that Burundi has been suffering for several months would end soon and the country would have enough electricity supplies.

Burundi has been suffering from a power load shedding in the country’s major cities for several months. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh

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