Rwanda energy: fuelling up plane at Kigali airport for flight home

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I thought my last blog would be the last, but here is another illustration of the dominate role of oil in Rwanda. Thinking about alternatives to road transport, on the flight I read (in Rémy Porte, La conquête des colonies allemandes, which I bought in the excellent Ikirezi bookshop in Kigali) that the German authorities planned, in 1914, that “A partir de Tabora [in western Tanganyika] un embranchement doit desservir… les riches provinces du Nord-Ouest sous le nom de Ruandabahn”. According to Wikipedia the train would only have gone as far as the Kagera river at the eastern edge of the country, though. No Switzerland.

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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