Muzizi Power Station

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Muzizi Power Station
Muzizi Power Station is located in Uganda
Muzizi Power Station
Map of Uganda showing the location of Muzizi Power Station
Country Uganda
Location Ndaiga, Hoima District
Coordinates 00°57′54″N 30°32′42″E / 0.96500°N 30.54500°E / 0.96500; 30.54500Coordinates: 00°57′54″N 30°32′42″E / 0.96500°N 30.54500°E / 0.96500; 30.54500
Status Proposed
Dam and spillways
Impounds River Muzizi
Reservoir
Normal elevation 900 m (3,000 ft)
Power station
Commission date 2018 (expected)
Type Run-of-the-river
Turbines 8
Installed capacity 44.7 MW (59,900 hp)

Muzizi Power Station is a proposed 44.7 megawatts (59,900 hp) hydroelectric power project in Uganda.

Location[edit]

The power station is located across River Muzizi, which forms the border between Hoima District and Ntoroko District, close to the southeastern shores of Lake Albert, in the Western Region of Uganda. This location is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), by road, southwest of the town of Ndaiga, in Hoima District. The station is approximately 290 kilometres (180 mi), by road, west of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.[1]

Overview[edit]

As early as 1999, the site of the power station was identified by the government of Uganda as a potential mini-hydropower site. At the beginning, a 10 megawatt project was anticipated. Later, the projected capacity of the project was increased to 26 megawatts. In December 2010, bids for an environmental impact study, power station design, and cost estimation were solicited in the Ugandan media.[2] More recently, the projected capacity has been increased to 44.7 megawatts.[3]

History[edit]

The feasibility study and environmental impact study are expected to take one year and the bidding process for a contractor is expected to take another year. Construction is expected to start in 2015, with commissioning planned for 2018.[4] It is anticipated that the power generated at this power station will enter the national grid at a new substation, close to the power station, along a new 132 kV transmission line from Kaiso-Tonya to Fort Portal.

Construction costs[edit]

The full construction budget is still being worked out. In 2007, the construction cost was estimated at about US$30 million for a 10 megawatts (13,000 hp) project.[5] The feasibility studies were funded by a €1.5 million grant from the German Development Bank (KfW) to the Government of Uganda.[6] In May 2015, the Uganda government announced that it would borrow a total of €85 million (US$95 million) to construct the 44.7 megawatt project. €45 million (US$50 million) will be borrowed from the French Development Agency with another €40 million (US$45 million) to be sourced from KfW.[7]

Recent developments[edit]

In 2014, it was reported that the scope of the project had been scaled up to 44.7 megawatts from the original 26 megawatts. Two interconnected dams, Muzizi A (26 megawatts) and Muzizi B (18.7 megawatts), are now proposed.

The developer was going to be the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), a government parastatal, in partnership with a private investor. In February 2014, UEGCL applied to Uganda's Electricity Regulatory Authority for a license to generate up to 44.7 megawatts of power at Muzizi. Once the license was granted, the plan was for UEGCL to search for the investor and proceed with construction.[8]

In May 2015, however, the Cabinet of Uganda decided to develop Muzizi without the private investor. Government resolved to borrow from the French Development Agency and KfW to fund the construction. The funds include the cost of building the high-voltage transmission lines that will evacuate the power to the point where it will be integrated into the national electricity grid.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Road Distance Between Kampala And Ndaiga With Map". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ DEVEX (9 December 2010). "Consulting Services for The Muzizi Hydro Power Project In Uganda". Devex.com (DEVEX). Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ ERA (12 February 2014). "Application for a License for the Establishment of a 44.7MW Hydro Power Plant in Kibaale District". Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA). Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Businge, Julius (8 February 2013). "Micro Dams To The Rescue". The Independent (Uganda). Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Among, Barbara (10 December 2007). "Powerless In Uganda". Ocnus.net Quoting The EastAfrican. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  6. ^ UEGCL (2013). "Muzizi Small Hydro Power Project (26MW)". Uganda Electricity Generating Company Limited (UEGCL). Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Biryabarema, Elias (21 May 2015). "Uganda Says To Borrow US$95 Million To Fund Power Plant". © Thomson Reuters 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Deep, Earth (25 February 2014). "Muzizi Power Project Could Be Licensed Soon". DeepEarthInt.com (Deep Earth). Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Kafeero, Stephen (22 May 2015). "Government To Borrow USh283 Billion For Dam". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 22 May 2015. 

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