Nzizi Thermal Power Station

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Nzizi Thermal Power Station
Nzizi Thermal Power Station is located in Uganda
Nzizi Thermal Power Station
Nzizi Thermal Power Station
Country Uganda
Location Nzizi
Coordinates 01°31′16″N 30°58′05″E / 1.52111°N 30.96806°E / 1.52111; 30.96806Coordinates: 01°31′16″N 30°58′05″E / 1.52111°N 30.96806°E / 1.52111; 30.96806
Status Planned
Commission date To be determined
Owner(s) Tullow Oil & Jacobsen Electro
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Natural gas
Secondary fuel Heavy fuel oil
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 100 megawatts (130,000 hp)

Nzizi Power Station is a planned 100 megawatts (130,000 hp) natural gas-fired thermal power plant in Uganda.[1]


The power plant is planned to be constructed in Nzizi, near the Nzizi Natural Gas & Oil Field, in the Kaiso-Tonya Area in Hoima District in the Western Region of Uganda. Kaiso and Tonya are small settlements, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) apart, on the eastern shores of Lake Albert.[2] This is approximately 61 kilometres (38 mi), by road, west of Hoima, the nearest large town and the location of the district headquarters.[3] The approximate coordinates of the power station are 1°31'16.0"N, 30°58'05.0"E (Latitude:1.521104; Longitude:30.968047). The coordinates are approximate because the power station has not yet been built.[4]


The power wtation is a planned joint project by Tullow Oil Uganda Limited, who will supply the fuel, and Jacobsen Electricity Company (Uganda) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jacobsen Elektro AS, an independent Norwegian power production company, who will construct and operate the plant.[5]

The plant will primarily use natural gas to heat water and produce steam that will turn the turbines to produce electricity. If need be, the plant will also be designed to use heavy fuel oil, a byproduct of petroleum distillation, as an alternative fuel. The Nzizi Natural Gas & Oil Field, from which the power station will draw its fuel, has confirmed natural gas reserves of at least 14,000,000 cubic metres (490,000,000 cu ft).[6] The power generated will be evacuated along a 132 kilovolt transmission line to a substation in Hoima, where the power will be integrated into the national power grid. According to Ugandas government officials, construction is expected to commence in 2016 and last 10 months, with commissioning in 2017.[7][8]

Construction costs[edit]

The total cost for the power plant is estimated at US$170 million (UGX:436.9 billion). Of that, US$25.5 million (UGX:65.5 billion) representing 15 percent of the total, will be contributed by the Ugandan government.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ OIU (2 July 2013). "Gas: Not The Main Meal But A Useful Side Dish". Kampala: (OIU). Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  2. ^ GFC (22 April 2016). "Distance between Kaiso, Western Region, Uganda and Tonya, Western Region, Uganda". (GFC). Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  3. ^ GFC (22 April 2016). "Distance between Hoima, Western Region, Uganda and Kaiso, Western Region, Uganda". (GFC). Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Tullow Oil (28 July 2011). "Map Showing Location of Nzizi Gas & Oil Field". Tullow Oil. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Haywood, Katherine (17 March 2010). "Norwegians to build power plant in Hoima". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Musisi, Frederic (4 June 2013). "What Lies Ahead for Uganda's Gas". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Mbanga, Jeff (28 May 2014). "Norwegian Energy Firm Interested In Uganda's Gas Reserves". Deep Earth International. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Wesonga, Nelson (15 December 2014). "Uganda Looks To Increase Use of Thermal Electricity". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Wesonga, Nelson (9 June 2014). "Norwegian company to build 100MW power plant in Hoima". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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