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Uganda set to connect 6.5MW hydropower plant

A Sri Lankan private mini power generator, Viddullanka PLC, has announced that it will commission the completed 6.5MW mini hydropower plant in Uganda next week.

According to Colombo Page media, the firm noted that it has successfully completed the construction of the 6.5MW Muvumbe small hydropower plant located in Kabale District of Uganda.

Uganda to commission hydropower plant

According to media, the plant will be connected to the national grid next week after a joint testing by the relevant authorities.

Once in full operation, the plant is expected to supply 31.42 GWh of electrical energy to the national grid of Uganda annually. Read more…

Media reported that Vidullank PLC’s subsidiary, Muvumbe Hydro (U) Limited entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL) on 28 July 2015 commencing from the date of commissioning of the power plant.

Renewable expansion

In earlier news, the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Norwegian power company, W. Giertsen Energy Solutions for the development of renewable energy projects.

Under the MoU, renewable energy projects (including solar power plants, solar water pumping systems, and hydro-solar hybrid power plants) will be implemented specifically for rural areas by having off-grid and mini-grid systems, the Monitor reported. Read more…

The partnership will also explore the option of having pilot off-grid solar solutions targeting mainly community facilities such as health care centres and schools.

On completion of a successful pilot project, the idea could be sold to government and rolled out under different national programmes, media reported.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.