Mubuku I Power Station

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Mubuku I Power Station
Mubuku I Power Station is located in Uganda
Mubuku I Power Station
Map of Uganda showing the location of
Mubuku I Power Station
Country Uganda
Location Kitoko, Kasese District
Coordinates 00°19′07″N 30°06′00″E / 0.31861°N 30.10000°E / 0.31861; 30.10000Coordinates: 00°19′07″N 30°06′00″E / 0.31861°N 30.10000°E / 0.31861; 30.10000
Status Operational
Owner(s) Kilembe Mines Limited
Dam and spillways
Impounds Mubuku River
Normal elevation 1,180 m (3,870 ft)
Power station
Commission date 1950's
Type Run-of-the-river
Turbines 2
Installed capacity 5 MW (6,700 hp)

Mubuku I Power Station is a 5 megawatts (6,700 hp) mini-hydroelectric power station in Uganda.


The power station is located between Bugoye and Kitoko, across the Mubuku River, in 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. Kitoko lies approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi), by road, north of Kasese, the location of the district headquarters, and the nearest large city.[1]


It was built in the 1950s to power the extraction of copper ore from the Rwenzori Mountains by Kilembe Mines Limited.[2] The copper extraction ceased in the 1970s, and the power generated is now sold to the national grid. Mubuku I Power Station is the third mini-hydropower station on River Mubuku. The other two are Mubuku II Power Station, commonly known as Bugoye Power Station, owned by Tronder Power Limited, a Norwegian company, and Mubuku III Power Station, owned by Kasese Cobalt Company Limitd (KCCL), with installed capacity of 10 megawatts (13,000 hp).


The Mubuku I Power Station, is a run of the river mini-hydropower installation, with installed capacity of 5 MW. In September 2013, Ugandan print media indicated that the Chinese company that won the concession to run Kilembe Mines for the next twenty five years, Tibet-Hima Consortium, has plans to increase capacity of the power plant to 12MW.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Map Showing Kasese And Kitoko With Distance Marker". Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Ssepuya, Mikaili (5 July 2007). "River Mubuku Plant To Avail 10Mega Watts". New Vision. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Kulabako, Faridah (11 September 2013). "UShs450 Billion Kilembe Investment To Benefit Local Communities". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Kiiza, Innocent (18 February 2014). "Kilembe Mines To Produce 12 Megawatts". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 6 May 2014. 

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