bujagali hydropower project


The Bujagali Hydropower Project ("Bujagali") has produced substantial benefits for the Ugandan national economy and local communities near the site. In addition to direct benefits -- new jobs, lower electricity costs, reliable power -- the project has stimulated increased economic activity, producing important "macro" benefits for Uganda.

National benefits for Ugandans

The project has provided a significant boost to the Ugandan economy by eliminating the country's previous power deficit and significantly reducing the use of expensive and air polluting oil fired thermal power generation. Bujagali has supported economic growth and job creation as well as enhanced the competitiveness of Ugandan goods both regionally and internationally.

The project's principal macro benefits for Uganda include:

  • New supply of clean, reliable energy
  • Lower electricity costs
  • Eliminate government subsidies for power production
  • Reduced electricity rationing
  • Increase in economic investment and national income
  • Reduced trade deficit and need to import oil products
  • Support for rural electrification programs
  • Income from the sale of carbon credits

Improving local communities

The facility is benefiting the residents and economies of local communities near the project site. In addition to providing employment opportunities and improving the local economy, we're committed to preserving the heritage and cultures of nearby villages.

Bujagali Energy Limited is committed to providing additional sustainable benefits, primarily for the local region affected by the project. The Community Development Action Plan implemented by BEL supports long-term development initiatives on both sides of the river: Wakisi Subcounty (west bank) in the Buikwe District and Budondo Subcounty (east bank) in the Jinja District.

BEL has contributed in excess of $14 million in community action initiatives, including:

  • Construction of primary and nursery schools, homes, health centers and a market
  • Provision of a malaria mitigation program and other health initiatives
  • Provision of fishing and agricultural supplies and training
  • Drilling of water wells and extension of local water services, including over 60 km of city water distribution pipelines
  • Extension of electrical services for resettlement residents and project-affected communities
  • Microfinance program for approximately 300 project-affected people and other adjacent communities
  • Education materials and programs including vocational training
  • Vulnerable assistance programs
  • Tour operator assistance programs
  • Road improvements
  • Tuition scholarship program
  • Fish farming cooperatives with a local NGO

Further, during peak construction, Bujagali created over 3,000 jobs. In recruiting workers, preference was given to local residents living in the area near the project. On-the-job training was also provided that allowed workers to apply their skills elsewhere.