The Energy Sector development is one of the top priorities of the Government of Rwanda as this sector constitutes a critical input to other economic sectors such as manufacturing, construction, mining and agro-processing. RURA, in its mandate to regulate the Energy sector, is required to support the ongoing socio-economic transformation and poverty eradication through ensuring sufficient, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supply.
The regulated energy sector in Rwanda consists of four components namely electricity, renewable energy, gas and petroleum. Rwanda’s power supply is currently made up of domestic power generating facilities and importation from neighboring countries.
On the side of Gas and Petroleum sub-sectors, Rwanda has initiated different projects on Methane Gas exploration in Lake Kivu and the country continues to rely on importation of petroleum products including Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
The downstream Petroleum industry in Rwanda entails various operations that involve importation, transportation, distribution and retail of petroleum products, related infrastructures of fuel storage facilities / fuel terminals and petrol service stations as well as petroleum retail sites.
The Gas sub-sector also involves the production of industrial gases that are used in medical domain and industrial manufacturing processes. Various Biogas projects have been implemented countrywide as fuel for cooking and lighting at institutional (schools, prisons) and domestic levels.