Kabalega Hydroelectric Power Station

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Kabalega Hydroelectric Power Station
Kabalega Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Uganda
Kabalega Hydroelectric Power Station
Map of Uganda showing the location of Kabalega Power Station
Country Uganda
Location Hoima
Coordinates 01°32′42″N 31°06′41″E / 1.54500°N 31.11139°E / 1.54500; 31.11139Coordinates: 01°32′42″N 31°06′41″E / 1.54500°N 31.11139°E / 1.54500; 31.11139
Status Operational
Commission date January 2013
Power generation
Primary fuel Hydropower
Units operational 3
Nameplate capacity 9.0 MW

Kabalega Hydroelectric Power Station, also known as Kabalega Power Station is a 9.0 MW mini hydroelectric power project located across River Wambabya, in Buseruka Sub County, Hoima District, in Western Uganda.[1] At the beginning of planning and during construction, the power station was referred to as Buseruka Power Station, but was renamed after completion.[2]

Location[edit]

The power station is located in Buseruka Village, close to the eastern shores of Lake Albert. Buseruka is located approximately 37 kilometres (23 mi), by road, west of Hoima.[3] The coordinates of the power station are:01 32 42N, 31 06 41E (Latitude:1.5450; Longitude:31.1115).

Construction costs[edit]

The initial estimated cost for the dam and power plant was approximately US$30 million.[4] As time went on, that estimate was increased to US$36 million. The dam, power plant and 44 kilometres (27 mi) of high voltage transmission line from the power house to Kinubi Power Substation in Hoima, are being constructed by Hydromax, a private energy investor.[5] Funding for the project is facilitated by loans from the African Development Bank (US$9 million) and from the PTA Bank (US$10 million).[6]

Completion[edit]

Construction, which started in 2005, was completed in January 2013 and was commissioned by the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, on 26 January 2013. At that time, the high voltage line which will evacute the power generated to a substation that will integrate into the national grid, was yet to be completed.[7][8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (29 September 2012). "Uganda Lacks Welders Artisans To Take Oil Jobs". New Vision. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Mugerwa, Francis (28 August 2013). "Oil Gives Bunyoro A New Lease of Life". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Road Distance Between Buseruka and Hoima with Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Atuhairwe, Robert (21 September 2011). "Hoima Power Dam Works End November 2011". New Vision. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Kwesiga, Pascal (23 August 2009). "Hoima Plant To Supply Electricity". New Vision. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (19 April 2009). "AfDB Lends US$9 Million for Buseruka Power Dam". New Vision. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Brian Mayanja, Pascal Kwesiga and Robert Atuhairwe (26 January 2013). "Museveni Launches Hoima Power Plant". New Vision. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Kalyango, Ronald (25 January 2013). "Buseruka Dam to Supply Power to 1,000 Homes". New Vision. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 

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