Kalangala Ice Plant Set to Start Production

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Willy Lugoloobi, the Kalangala LC V chairman says they are in the process of connecting the plant to solar to start production.

An Ice block and fish handling plant in Kalangala District that has been lying idle due to lack of stable power is set to start production. The Shillings 8 Billion Ice block and fish handling plant is found at Mwena landing site in Kalangala Town council.
The plant was built by Ministry of Ministry Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries with support from the African Development Bank in 2010. It was meant save fishermen from Kalangala from making costly trips to Kasensero landing Site and Entebbe to buy ice to preserve their fish.

The Ice block and fish handling plant has been lying idle since it was commissioned in 2014 due to unstable power. However, the plant is set to start producing following the commissioning of Kalangala Thermal Solar hybrid power plant.
Willy Lugoloobi, the Kalangala LC V chairman says they are in the process of connecting the plant to solar to start production.
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Moses Muguluma, a fisherman at Mwena landing site has welcomed the development. According to Muguluma, currently their fish goes bad due to lack of storage facilities since many of them to have resources to outsource Ice blocks from Kalangala.
He says once the Ice block and fish handling plant starts operating it will save them from losses. John Opiro, the Managing Director of Kalangala Infrastructural Services limited, which is in charge of the solar plant, says they have enough power to run the Ice block and fish handling plant. 

According to Opiro, currently most of the power is used to power homes. The Kalangala Thermal Solar hybrid power plant 1.6megga watts but only 400kilowatts are consumed.

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The commissioning of the Kalangala Thermal Solar hybrid power plant has boosted power supply ending midnight load shedding in Kalangala. Initially, Kalangala was relying on thermal power supplied by Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited, which is usually supplied between 9am and midnight. 

However, the connection of the Kalangala Thermal Solar hybrid power plant has enabled constant power supply in Kalangala.


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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.