SMEC International Pty Ltd Contributes to Rwanda’s National Infrastructure
Yanditswe na Ntawitonda Jean Claude
Twenty-five years after the Liberation struggle that ended the genocide against the Tutsi’s in 1994, during which more than one million innocent Rwandese lost their lives in a mere 100 days, SMEC INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD (SMEC) commends all Rwandans for their achievements in socio-economic transformation.
Founded in Australia in 1949, SMEC is a global engineering consultancy providing high-quality consultancy services on major infrastructure projects around the world.
For the past 70 years, SMEC has delivered thousands of civil engineering, transport, hydropower, infrastructure, water, environment and power projects in more than 80 countries, including Rwanda.
SMEC has been registered with the Rwanda Development Board since 2012 and has shared its global expertise through consulting on masterplanning, infrastructure, urban development, management and social development projects.
Among SMEC’s many projects in Rwanda is the Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation Project (LWH), which aims to improve the agricutlural system in Rwanda by investing in water harvesting infrastructure (dams and irrigation infrastructure) at at selected sites. This includes 420ha irrigated area for Kayonza04,167ha irrigated area for Rwamagana 34, and 1100ha irrigated area for Muyanza.
Other major infrastrucutre projects in which SMEC has played a key role over the past seven years inlcude:
- Car free zone master plan and Kigali city master plan in Kigali
- Sanitation master plans for districts
- National weighbridge stations at border entries
- Monitoring and supervision of construction works on the Huye-Kibeho-Munini/Ngoma Road (66 km) project
- Technical support for the development of a wetland master plan in Kigali
- Feasibility study and technical design of irrigation development for ndego 2
- Consultancy services for additional works for the Rubavu Gisiza Road Project
- Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) on the proposed 400 kV Iringa-Mbeya transmission line, and
- Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) for the integrated development of the Rusizi Plain within Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi.
SMEC also supports the supervision and management of projects to improve power generation and access to electricity. It is responsible for the review of the 28 MW Nyabarongo Hydro-Electric Plant and provides project supervision and management of the Scaling up Energy Access Project for the Rwanda Energy Group (REG).
SMEC wishes all Rwandans a happy 25th Liberation Anniversary and appreciates the strong and visionary leadership that has contributed to peace, security and national development.