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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.