Western Uganda to Get Ten Mini Hydro Power Stations Top story

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Henry Jumba, an Electric Engineer with the Company says the project feasibility studies were completed in June 2016. The nine mini hydro stations are expected to produce 0.5MW - 1.5MW of electricity for use in the communities as well as supply to the main electricity grid.

Construction of nine mini hydro power stations is expected to begin in Western Uganda by the end of this year under a Dutch funded energy project following green light from the Energy Ministry.
 
The project, being steered by the Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company (UECCC), has been under development since 2011. Specioza Kimera Ndagire, the Managing Director, Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company (UECCC), says with the approval of the Energy Ministry, the Orio Mini Hydro Power Project will move to the implementation phase. 

 
Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company (UECCC) is an arm of Ministry of energy mandated with administering a trust fund under a framework of pooling resources from Government and Development Partners for development of Renewable Energy Projects. It has so far mobilized grant funding of up to Euro 13.1 million from the ORIO Infrastructure Fund of the Netherlands Government for construction of nine mini hydro power stations. 

 
Henry Jumba, an Electric Engineer with the Company says the project feasibility studies were completed in June 2016.  The nine mini hydro stations are expected to produce 0.5MW - 1.5MW of electricity for use in the communities as well as supply to the main electricity grid. 

 
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The government originally planned to have ten mini- hydro power stations built on rivers spread all over the country. Jumba says rivers in Eastern, Central and Northern parts of the country scored poorly in terms of water to run the small dams.

 
According to Jumba, one of the Rivers in the West did not also meet the expectations so the project was reduced to ten mini-hydro power stations. 



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The districts of Kabarole, Bushenyi, Kabarole, Hoima , and Bundibugyo are expected to be the major beneficiaries of mini hydro stations. The construction of the mini- hydro stations will be done by a contractor selected by a Dutch International consulting firm Royal Haskoning . 

 
Royal Haskoning has already arranged a public-private partnership that includes a US$15.5 million Dutch ORIO subsidy, $16.8 million from the Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, and $9 million from private investors in a plan dubbed the "Western Uganda Mini-Hydropower & Rural Electrification Project"


The project is expected to extend hydroelectricity to electricity to 350,000 people in Uganda's rural western region.  The project was also approved by the Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment after consultations with National Environment Management authority in Kampala. 


Implementation of this project is divided into three phases including a Feasibility Study phase, Construction and Operation & Maintenance phases. The Feasibility Study phase of the project was completed in June 2016 and the project is now heading into the Construction phase.