Uganda to inject $ 108 mm in renewable energy plan

Jul 07, 2006 02:00 AM

The Government is to inject over $ 100 mm (about Sh 200 bn) into renewable energy generation projects, according to an energy ministry policy statement.
The projects include small hydro power stations, co-generation in sugar mills and bio-mass-gasification plants. The projects are being developed under a public-private partnership. It is aimed at generating at least 50 MW for the national grid.

The statement said $ 65 mm would be sourced from the private sector while the balance of $ 43 mm would come from the World Bank. The statement said Kakira Sugar Works would start selling 12 MW to the central grid in 2007. It also said SN Power, the company contracted to construct the two mini-hydro power plants at Waki and Bugoye, had already done the feasibility studies and construction was expected to start in December.
The two power plants are expected to generate 5 MW and 11 MW respectively.

The statement said Shan Chuan Jiulong of China had also completed the feasibility studies for the generation of 6 MW at Kikagati and construction would begin late 2006. It said Eco Power of Sri Lanka was finalising studies on production of the 5 MW on Ishasha and 8 MW on Kakaba.
The statement said the contract for building of the 3.5 MW Nyagak Mini Hydro plant was signed in April between Skoda, the contractor and WENRECO, the project promoter. Construction will last 575 days.

It said 36 small and mini hydro power plants had been identified and an investment programme to develop small renewable energy projects had been laid out.
"The main causes of the electricity supply problems are the lack of new generation plants, the prolonged drought which persisted since 2003, growth in demand for electricity and limited public and private resources to invest in large infrastructure power projects," the statement read.
Uganda has been hit by the worst power shortage ever.

Source: New Vision
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