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Kigali Bulk Water Facility, Rwanda

Our experts operated as the Lenders Technical Advisor to the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and wider project investors in relation to a 40,000m3/day Bulk Water Facility in Rwanda. A full range of specialist advice was provided across Technical, Commercial, Environmental and Social disciplines.

Bullet Key client: Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund
Bullet Project value: €75m
Bullet Planned to be the largest water facility in sub-Saharan Africa

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund acted as the Mandated Lead Arranger and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff advised them and other project investors on a Rwandan Bulk Water Facility being proposed by a Public Private Partnership. The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund and other investors including the International Finance Corporation and African Development Bank had a number of concerns. Trepidations included whether or not the public tariffs were reasonable; whether the proposed design was the lowest viable cost option; and whether or not the construction value was ‘on market’. This presented a complex but essential challenge, given the lack of comparable projects that have taken place before.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff provided an integrated and full range of advisory services to the client with teams working closely together to complete a multi-disciplinary analysis of the main risks- which in this case was availability of raw water for abstraction and treatment. Analysis was therefore provided for the following:

  • Analysis of the availability of raw water during seasonal variations.
  • Analysis of hydrogeological models with implication to technical design of well field.
  • Analysis of raw water quality and the potential tolerances / contingencies within the project design; together with a broader assessment on the importance of long-term improvements on raw water catchment quality.
  • Environmental impact assessment of abstractions to downstream ecological systems.
  • Commercial review of PPP Agreement in order to identify potential risks associated with degraded raw water quality.
  • Social analysis on the project impact to independent water vendors who currently make a living in delivering raw river water to the population of Kigali.

The integrated approach meant feedback and advice was delivered clearly and a language the various clients could understand was provided, increasing stakeholder confidence in the process. Despite achieving credit approval to finance the Project, the Rwandan Government unfortunately suspended the Project in December 2016.