Ayago Hydroelectric Power Station

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Ayago Hydroelectric Power Station
Ayago Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Uganda
Ayago Hydroelectric Power Station
Map of Uganda showing the location of Ayago.
Country Uganda
Location Ayago, Nwoya District
Coordinates 02°17′02″N 32°01′21″E / 2.28389°N 32.02250°E / 2.28389; 32.02250Coordinates: 02°17′02″N 32°01′21″E / 2.28389°N 32.02250°E / 2.28389; 32.02250
Purpose Power
Status Proposed
Dam and spillways
Impounds Victoria Nile
Ayago Power Station
Commission date 2025 (Expected)
Installed capacity 600 megawatts (800,000 hp)

Ayago Hydroelectric Power Station, also Ayago Power Station, is a planned 600 megawatts (800,000 hp) hydroelectric power project to be constructed in Uganda.[1]


The power station will be located at Ayago, on the Victoria Nile, in Nwoya District, in the Acholi sub-region, in the Northern Region of Uganda. This location is close to the point where the Ayago River enters the Victoria Nile, within the confines of Murchison Falls National Park.[2]


Ayago Power Station is a proposed 600 megawatts (800,000 hp) hydroelectric power plant that will be constructed on the Victoria Nile, downstream of Karuma Power Station, but upstream of Murchison Falls. The project will be developed in two simultaneous phases, known as Ayago North (estimated capacity:350MW) and Ayago South (estimated capacity:250MW).[3] The Ayago Power Station is one of three hydropower projects that have been earmarked for immediate development, together with Karuma Power Station (600MW) and Isimba Power Station (183MW), to mitigate the chronic, recalcitrant power shortages that have plagued Uganda since the 1990s, and to meet the projected national requirement of 1,130MW by 2023.[4]

Construction costs[edit]

The Indian state-owned energy and manufacturing company, BHEL, had estimated the cost of the project at about US$350 in 2007. But that was for a project with planned capacity of 200MW to 300MW, back in 2007.[5]

In 2008, the Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in collaboration with the Government of Uganda, began new preparations for fresh eviromental impact assessments, International bidding for a contractor and commitment as a lead funding source for the project.[6]

In April 2013, the Government of Uganda awarded the US$1.9 billion construction contract to Mapa Construction and Trading Company Inc.,[7] a Turkish infrastructure construction company.[8] However, in August 2013, that award was rescinded and the construction contract was awarded to China Gezhouba Construction Company.[9] It is anticipated that construction would begin in 2020,[10] and last approximately 66 months.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ojulu, Epajjar (10 March 2017). "Uganda: East Africa's hydro powerhouse". London: African Business Magazine. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Google (24 December 2017). "Location of the Mouth of River Ayago, Where It Pours Into the Victoria Nile" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Onyalla, Harriette (21 March 2007). "Government Proposes 14 Dam Sites". New Vision. Kampala: New Vision Group. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (1 February 2011). "Electricity Demand To Triple By 2023". New Vision. Kampala: New Vision Group. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  5. ^ Kakande, John (31 January 2007). "Indian Firm To Build Power Dam In North". New Vision. Kampala: New Vision Group. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (1 January 2008). "Japan To Send Experts For Ayago Power Project". New Vision. Kampala: New Vision Group. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Vision, Reporter (22 April 2013). "Turkish Company To Build Ayago Dam". New Vision. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Wesonga, Nelson (15 August 2013). "Ayago Power Project 'Snatched' From Turks". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Wakabi, Michael (17 August 2013). "Karuma power plant paves way for more stations". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  11. ^ JICA (March 2011). "JICA Open Report: Project for Master Plan Study on Hydropower Development in the Republic of Uganda" (PDF). Tokyo: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Retrieved 24 December 2017. 

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