Kanungu Hydroelectric Power Station

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Kanungu Power Station
Kanungu Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Uganda
Kanungu Hydroelectric Power Station
Location of Kanungu Power Station in Uganda
Country Uganda
Location Kanungu
Coordinates 00°52′53″S 29°40′14″E / 0.88139°S 29.67056°E / -0.88139; 29.67056Coordinates: 00°52′53″S 29°40′14″E / 0.88139°S 29.67056°E / -0.88139; 29.67056
Status Operational
Commission date 18 March 2011
Owner(s) Eco Power (private) Limited
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 6.6 MW (8,900 hp)

Kanungu Power Station is a 6.6 megawatts (8,900 hp) run-of-the-river hydroelectric power station on the Ishasha River in Uganda.[1] The station is sometimes referred to as the Ishasha Power Station.[2]


The power station is in the Kanyantorogo sub-county of Kanungu District in southwestern Uganda, 18 kilometres (11 mi) by road from the district headquarters town of Kanungu.

The dam and weir on the Ishasha River are 500 metres (1,600 ft) downstream from the boundary of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.[3] A 1,140 metres (3,740 ft) penstock takes water downstream to the twin-Francis turbine power station,[4] for a rated head of 91 metres (299 ft). A tailrace then takes water from the power station and returns it to the Ishasha River. Provision has been made for an open-pipe flow of 250 liters per second into the section of the river between the dam and the tailrace to ensure that local fish species are not adversely affected.[5]

A 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), 33 kilovolt transmission line connects the power station to the national grid.[5]


The power station was constructed by Eco Power Uganda Limited, a subsidiary of Eco Power Holdings Ltd. - Sri-Lanka. Construction was completed in March 2011. The power plant was technically commissioned on 18 March 2011. Political commissioning was performed on 22 November 2011. The plant is expected to support development of industries and stimulate other areas of investment in Kanungu and the surrounding rural areas, including parts of the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.[1]

Construction costs[edit]

The estimated cost of the dam and power plant is approximately UGX:40 billion (about US$14 million). Funding was provided by three Sri-Lankan financial institutions: National Development Bank of Sri-Lanka, Hatton National Bank, and Commercial Bank of Sri-Lanka.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Rumanzi, Perez (22 November 2011). "Kanungu mini-hydro dam starts work today amid power outages". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Oluka, Benon Herbert (6 April 2010). "Uganda's energy relief still a long way". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Google Maps - Kanungu dam and weir
  4. ^ Google (12 April 2016). "Location of Kanungu Hydroelectric Power Station And Tailrace" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b UNFCC Project design document (pdf)

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