Muzizi Power Station
|Muzizi Power Station|
|Location||Ndaiga, Hoima District|
|Dam and spillways|
|Normal elevation||900 m (3,000 ft)|
|Commission date||2018 (expected)|
|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.
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.
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. 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 cost was estimated at about US$30 million for a 10 megawatts (13,000 hp) project. The feasibility studies were funded by a €1.5 million grant from the German Development Bank (KfW) to the Government of Uganda. 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.
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.
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.
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