Uganda’s Aggreko wants to generate another 100 MW

Aug 21, 2006 02:00 AM

Aggreko International, a leading temporary power provider that won a contract to install a 50 MW thermal plant at Kiira power station in Jinja wants to increase the generation capacity to 100 MW.
An early licence issued to the firm was to build, own and operate the 50 MW thermal plant for three years using the premises of Uganda Electricity Generation Company. Initial power was expected by September.

The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) said that Aggreko, which operates the Lugogo thermal plant, had applied for an amendment to the licence.
"Aggreko's projects' application seeks to allow it to increase the authorised capacity of electricity generation from 50 MW to 100 MW and generate the extra power from a site at Kiira," it said. "The authority, at its special meeting number 98 in accordance with Section 44 (4) (a) of the Electricity Act, approved the amendment of Aggreko's Projects Licence No. 58 for the generation and sale of electricity as stated above," it said.

With 100 MWin a single location, this will be the largest temporary power-plant Aggreko has delivered in Uganda. Experts say when the commissioning commences in September, day load shedding would stop and thermal power firmed in the energy mix.
The firm will be supplying about 50 % to the national grid. Government has set aside funds for the thermal generation.

Source: New Vision
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