Bugoye Hydroelectric Power Station

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Bugoye Power Station
Bugoye Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Uganda
Bugoye Hydroelectric Power Station
Map of Uganda showing the location of Bugoye Station.
Country Uganda
Location Bugoye, Kasese District
Coordinates 00°18′20″N 30°05′53″E / 0.30556°N 30.09806°E / 0.30556; 30.09806Coordinates: 00°18′20″N 30°05′53″E / 0.30556°N 30.09806°E / 0.30556; 30.09806
Purpose Power
Status Operational
Dam and spillways
Impounds Mubuku River
Bugoye Power Station
Operator(s) TronderEnergi
Commission date 7 October 2009
Type Run-of-the-river
Hydraulic head 159 m (522 ft)
Turbines 2 Francis turbines
Installed capacity 13 MW
Annual generation 82 Gwh

Bugoye Power Station is a 13 MW (17,000 hp) mini hydroelectric power station in Uganda. In the literature, Bugoye Power Station is sometimes referred to as Mubuku II Power Station.


The power station is located across the Mubuku River, in Bugoye, Kasese District, in Western Uganda. This location lies in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bugoye lies approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi), by road, north of Kasese, the location of the district headquarters, and the nearest large city.[1]


The Bugoye Hydropower Project, is a run of the river mini-hydropower installation, with installed capacity of 13 MW. The energy generated is fed into the national electric grid at Nkenda Substation, located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Bugoye, via a 33kV transmission line.

The power station is owned and operated by TronderEnergi, a Norwegian power company. Construction began in March 2008 and the plant was commissioned 19 months later in October 2009.[2] Bugoye Power Station is the third mini-hydropower station on River Mubuku. The other two are Mubuku I Power Station, owned by Kilembe Mines Limited (KML), with installed capacity of 5 MW and Mubuku III Power Station, owned by Kasese Cobalt Company Limited (KCCL), with installed capacity of 10 MW.[3]

Construction costs[edit]

The estimated costs for the dam and power plant is approximately US$35 million. The funding was facilitated by a loan from the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, (EAIF). This does not include the construction of a 33kV transmission power line linking the power station to the substation where the power is integrated into the national grid. The power line was funded by a grant from the Government of Norway to the Government of Uganda. By mutual consent between the two governments, Tronder Power Limited, assumed the responsibility of developing, constructing, maintaining and servicing the power line.[4] Tronder Power Limited is a Ugandan company co-owned by TronderEnergi and Norfund.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Map Showing Kasese And Bugoye With Distance Marker". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bugoye Plant Operating In Uganda". Water Power Magazine. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  3. ^ B, Masereka. "River Nyamwamba Spills Wrath". New Vision. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "SEAMS And Bugoye Projects". Emerging Africa Fund. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "About Tronder Power Limited". Tronder Power Limited. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 

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