Muzizi Power Station
|Muzizi Power Station|
|Location||Ndaiga, Hoima District|
|Commission date||2018 (expected)|
|Nameplate capacity||44.7 MW|
Muzizi Power Station is a proposed 44.7 MW hydroelectric power project in Uganda.
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 Western Uganda. This location lies approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi), by road, southwest of the town of Ndaiga, in Hoima District. The power station is located approximately 290 kilometres (180 mi), by road, west of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and the largest city in that country. The coordinates of the power station are:0°57'54.0"N, 30°32'42.0"E (Latitude:0.9650; Longitude:30.5450).
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 MW project was anticipated. Later, the projected capacity of the project has been increased to 26 MW. In December 2010, solicitation for bids for an environmental impact study, power station design and cost estimation were advertised in the Ugandan media. More recently, the projected capacity has been increased to 44.7 Megawatts.
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. 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.
The full construction budget is still being worked out. In 2007, the construction of Muzizi Power Station was estimated at about US$30 million, for a 10 MW project. The feasibility studies were funded by a €1.5 million grant from the German Development Bank (KfW), to the Government of Uganda.
In 2014 it was reported that the scope of the project had been scaled up to 44.7MW from the original 26MW. Two interconnected dams, Muzizi A (26MW) and Muzizi B (21.7MW) are now proposed. The developer is now going to be 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 (ERA), for a license to generate up to 44.7 MW of power at Muzizi. Once a license is granted, UEGCL will look for a private investor and proceed with construction.
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