Bujagali Power Station is a
250MW hydroelectric power project located at the headwaters of
River Nile, about north of Jinja at the former location of Bujagali Falls.
back as 2004, the Government of
Uganda started to plan the construction of a hydroelectric
power plant at the location of the Bujagali Falls. The original developers of the project
included EAS Energy from the United States and the Madhvani
Group from Uganda.
Due to prolonged and protracted
objections from environmentalists
inside and outside Uganda, the first project was abandoned in 2003
when EAS Energy pulled out of the deal.
A new consortium comprising of Sithe Global Power
from the United Sates and Industrial
, a division of the Aga Khan Fund for
(AKFED), was formed to develop the
project. The new developers formed a company called
Bujagali Energy Company Limited.
the dam and powerhouse started in June 2007, with loans from the
, the European Investment Bank
African Development Bank
, an Italian construction company was
selected to be the lead contractor on the project. Completion of
the project is expected in 2011, although partial power generation
may start as early as 2010.
The estimated costs for the dam and power plant is approximately
US$800 million. Another US$62 million will be needed to build
a transmission line from Jinja to Kawanda,
near Kampala, a distance
of about .
Photos & Diagrams
- Bujagali met vigorous opposition since Conception
- Chronology of Events at Bujagali
- AKFED & Sithe form Bujagali Energy
- Work on Bujagali Power Station Started in June
- 50MW Available from Bujagali in 2010