Bugala Thermal Power Station

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Bugala Power Station
Bugala Thermal Power Station is located in Uganda
Bugala Thermal Power Station
Location of the Bugala Power Station
Country Uganda
Location Bugala Island, Kalangala District
Coordinates 00°18′36″S 32°12′54″E / 0.31000°S 32.21500°E / -0.31000; 32.21500Coordinates: 00°18′36″S 32°12′54″E / 0.31000°S 32.21500°E / -0.31000; 32.21500
Status Operational
Construction began 2009
Commission date 2010
Owner(s) Bidco Oil Refineries Limited
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Biodiesel
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 1.5 MW

Bugala Power Station is a 1.5 MW biodiesel-fired thermal power plant located on Bugala Island, in Kalangala District, in the Ssese Islands Archipelago, in Lake Victoria, in southcentral Uganda.


The power station is located on Bugala Island, the largest island in the Ssese Islands Archipelago, in Kalangala District, in Lake Victoria, Africa's largest fresh-water lake, in Uganda's Central Region. This location is near the town of Kalangala, where the district headquarters are located, approximately nautical 51 kilometres (32 mi), by water, southwest of the town of Entebbe, on the mainland.[1] The coordinates of the power plant are: 00 18 36S, 32 12 54 (Latitude:-0.3100; Longitude:32.2150). The coordinates are tentative because the power station does not yet appear on most publicly available maps.


Bugala Power Station is integrated in design and construction with the palm oil processing plant owned by Bidco Oil Refineries Limited. Bidco owns a 6,500 hectares (16,000 acres) palm oil plantation on Bugala Island, where the power station is located. The oil processing factory crushes the palm oil fruits into crude palm oil. During the process, heat is generated, which is used to boil water, creating steam. The steam is used to turn turbines and create electricity in the process. The electricity is used within the factory and any excess is sold to the neighboring town of Kalangala.

Construction of the power station is complete and commissioning will take place during the first week of March 2010. The joint power plant and oil processing factory is a joint effort between the Ugandan Government, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank and Oil Palm Uganda. Oil Palm Uganda is a consortium between Wilmar International, a conglomerate that specializes in the development of agricultural plantations and Bidco Oil Refineries Limited, an oil processing company.[2]

Uganda Palm Oil Project[edit]

Bugala Power Station is a byproduct of the Uganda Palm Oil project. The project will be co-funded by Oil Palm Uganda which will provide US$120 million, while IFAD will give a loan of US$19.9 million. The Government of Uganda will contribute US$12 million for land, electricity and roads. Local farmers will contribute US$3.16 million through labor, equity and land. The power station and oil processing factory have cost US$10 million to construct. Bidco already maintains a palm oil refinery in Uganda, located in Jinja, Uganda's second industrial city. As of July 2011, the acreage under palm trees by outgrowers, has grown to over 2,080 hectares (5,100 acres). The target of 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres), under palm trees by outgrowers is expected to be attained in a few more years.[3] By 2014, the size of the palm oil plantation had grown to 20,000 acres (8,100 ha), with plans to expand to 30,000 acres (12,000 ha).[4]


The investment profile of the Uganda Palm Oil Project is summarized in the table below:[5]

Uganda Palm Oil Project
Rank Name of Investor Contribution
US$ (Millions)
Shareholding (%)
1 Oil Palm Uganda 120.00 77.39
2 IFAD 19.90 12.83
3 Government of Uganda 12.00 7.74
4 Local Out-growers 3.16 2.04
TOTAL 155.06 100.00

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Map Showing Kalangala And Entebbe With Distance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (22 February 2010). "Palm Oil Plant Starts Operations". New Vision. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Basaalidde, Nelson (1 July 2012). "Bidco Has Transformed Kalangala". The Independent (Uganda). Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Gachiri, John (5 May 2014). "IFC Set to Invest KSh2bn In Bidco Oil Refinery Expansion". Business Daily Africa. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Ojambo, Fred (23 February 2010). "Bidco Uganda May Produce 20,000 Tons of Palm Oil This Year". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 

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