Kikagati Hydroelectric Power Station
|Kikagati Power Station|
Map of Uganda showing the location of Kikagati
|Location||Kikagati, Isingiro District|
|Dam and spillways|
|Normal elevation||1,300 m (4,300 ft)|
|Commission date||2017 (expected)|
|Installed capacity||(planned) 16 MW (21,000 hp)|
Kikagati Hydroelectric Power Station, also referred to as Kikagati Power Station, is a proposed 16 MW (21,000 hp) hydroelectric power station in Uganda.
The power station is located on the Kagera River, along Uganda's International border with the Republic of Tanzania. This location lies near the town of Kikagati, approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi), by road, south of Mbarara, the largest city in the sub-region. Kikagati lies approximately 330 kilometres (210 mi), by road, southwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country.
Kikagati Power Station is a mini-hydropower plant, with initial planned capacity installation of 10 MW (13,000 hp), when completed. The project will involve the construction of a dam, creating a 4,000 square metres (0.99 acres) reservoir lake. The new reservoir will lie partly or wholly, within Tanzania. The new power station will be built at the location of another smaller power station that was destroyed in 1979 during the war that removed Idi Amin from power in Uganda. In September 2011, the planned capacity installation was increased to 16 MW.
Initially, the Chinese company China Shan Sheng, was issued the construction license for the project in 2008. At that time, construction costs were estimated at US$25 million. The 33kV transmission line that will connect the power from the station to the Uganda national electricity grid has already been constructed. Some of the power will be sold to Tanzania, under arrangements made through the East African Community.
Between 2008 and 2013, the Chinese pulled out of the deal. Development rights were taken up by TrønderEnergi, a Norwegian power company, with a Ugandan subsidiary Tronder Energy Limited. In July 2013, TronderEnergi advertised for suitable firms to bid on the construction of Kikagati Power Station. Bids were also sought on the nearby Nshungyezi Hydropower Station, a proposed 39 MW (52,000 hp) minihydroplant, approximately 13 kilometres (8.1 mi), downstream of Kikagati, on which TronderEnergi has development rights as well.
Kikagati Power Station was awarded a production license by the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), in October 2014. Construction is expected to commence in December 2014, and last approximately 2 years.
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