An allocation of $37 million has been made in the South Sudan 2014/15 budget for the Fula Rapids power project.
Partially funded by the African Devleopment Bank, government of Normay and government funding, the estimated $100 million project has been in development for some time. Expressions of interest for construction work were initially invited for June 2013, consisting of engineering, procurement and construction of the hydro plant, and a 150km transmission line and associated substation and other works.
The project faces numerous challenges, not least political unrest and reluctance do proceed with work in the country due to bad payment history for projects. There are also technical challenges involved with building a major power project outside Juba, which would require the country’s first high-voltage transmission line.