Excitement As Buseruka Mini Hydro Power Station Is Complete

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He also said that installation of transformers in various trading centers along the power line is underway.

Residents of Hoima are excited about the news of the completion of the Buseruka Mini Hydro Power dam project. Matovu Bukenya, a senior administrative officer at ministry of energy says that work on the Nine Megawatt power plant is in final stages. Bukenya told URN on phone that Hydromax Limited, the company contracted to build the plant is now testing the power line that connects from the dam to the regional power station at Kinubi trading center in Hoima town.  He also said that installation of transformers in various trading centers along the power line is underway.
 
The commissioning of the mini power dam has been postponed twice this year. Matovu explains that this was a result of the immense civil works involved as tests and trials have to be done at each and every stage of the project. He maintains however that the project is now ready for commissioning and assures people of reliable power supply in the region. The news of the completion of the dam has triggered excitement especially in Buseruka Trading center as residents get ready for power connection.
 
Zubair Irumba, a businessman in Buseruka trading center says lack of electricity had hindered them from starting businesses that require constant power supply. Irumba who doubles as the area Local council one chairman says he is now doing installations in his business premises only awaiting power connection when the dam is finally switched on. Geoffrey Komakech, the Buseruka district councilor is optimistic that the power generation in his area will stir more business in the already lucrative oil rich sub county.

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The rural sub county was not connected to the national power grid. In the entire Hoima district hopes are high that the dam will heal the continuous power problems affecting the district.
In Hoima it’s rare to have a day without power interruptions.

The 36million dollar project is situated on River Wambabya, 18 miles away from the proposed oil refinery site in Kabaale parish.  
Construction works on the dam started seven years ago with funding from the African Development Bank and implemented under the government’s Rural Electrification Program.