Bujagali Energy Ltd has commissioned the first of five generating units. Having achieved this important milestone, full commissioning is on track for mid-year. When all five units are commissioned, the 250 MW hydropower plant will increase Uganda’s installed generation capacity by about 50%.
This first unit is expected to either reduce the extent of load-shedding, currently estimated between 120 MW-170 MW depending on time of day, or replace emergency generation which costs $9 million per month, thereby bringing forth significant positive impact to Uganda’s economy. This is in addition to over 3000 local jobs created during the project’s construction.
Nizar Juma, Chairman said: “We are grateful to the Government for providing us with the opportunity, to develop an affordable, renewable, and large scale source of energy for Uganda. This milestone is therefore an important first step towards a time when the supply of power is adequate and massive load-shedding becomes a distant memory.”