bujagali hydropower project

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Bujagali Hydropower Project (HPP) is a 250-megawatt power-generating facility being built on the Victoria Nile River near the Town of Jinja, in Uganda, by Bujagali Energy Limited. It is sponsored by Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Limited and SG Bujagali Holdings Ltd, an affiliate of Sithe Global Power, LLC (USA). An associated power transmission system, the Bujagali Interconnection Project, is a separate but associated project sponsored by Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) that will distribute the hydro electricity to the Ugandan power grid.

The hydropower project will produce substantial benefits for Uganda and for citizens living in the area of the facility. We are working closely with government and village leaders to improve the well-being of local residents while preserving their way of life and local cultures. Also, we continue to consult with the Kingdoms of Buganda and Busoga to ensure cultural and spiritual concerns are respected.

Producing much-needed electricity

Uganda has a severe shortage of electricity, and the country has an acute need for new power sources. Many electricity consumers regularly experience rotating blackouts of up to 12-24 hours daily. This lack of power is negatively affecting the Ugandan economy and its citizens because, in many areas, electricity is being produced by expensive and polluting stand-by power generators.

The Bujagali Hydropower Project, will produce an abundant supply of clean, renewable energy for Ugandan homes and businesses. The facility will use the power of falling water from a 30 m high earth-filled dam to generate electricity. Major project components include:

  • Power station housing five electric-generating turbines
  • Dam and associated spillway
  • 388 ha water reservoir, most of which (308 ha) is already covered by the Victoria Nile

As the project sponsor, Bujagali Energy Limited is committed to environmental excellence. See Environmental Responsibility for information about the extensive measures we are proposing to protect the environment in areas affected by the project.

Substantial benefits for Ugandans

The Bujagali Hydropower Project will produce these economic and social benefits:

  • Increased supply of reliable electricity
  • Lower energy costs
  • Improved air quality
  • Jobs for Ugandan workers (approximately 2,000 new jobs during peak construction)
  • Improved community services (e.g., water supply, education and health facilities in nearby villages)
  • Social improvement programs such as; livelihood restoration and agriculture enhancement

For additional information, click on Economic & Social Benefits

Global Benefits

The Bujagali Hydropower Project will reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses in Uganda. Hydropower electricity does not cause emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2. Most electricity that is currently used in Uganda is generated by diesel and fuel oil generators, that emit considerable volumes of CO2. The electricity produced by the Bujagali Hydropower Project will replace the diesel and fuel oil electricity and hence reduce CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming.

Extensive review by Government and Lenders

Bujagali Energy Limited filed a draft "Social and Environmental Assessment" (SEA) for the hydropower project with the Government of Uganda and prospective project lenders in December 2006. The SEA underwent a comprehensive review by Uganda's National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and by project lenders including The World Bank, European Investment Bank, African Development Bank and others. The SEA for the associated interconnection project sponsored by UETCL also underwent government review (click on Interconnection Project for information on that separate proposal).

The purpose of the SEA process was to ensure the proposed facility is designed and developed to maximize its benefits while minimizing potentially negative social and environmental effects. The project is complying with strict environmental and other regulatory requirements during construction and will continue during operation.

Following their extensive review, the Ugandan government and project lenders approved the project in April 2007. The Bujagali Hydropower Project achieved financial closing in December 2007, and is expected to be completed in approximately four years. The associated interconnection project will be completed prior to the commencement of hydropower facility operations.

Project sponsors

Bujagali Energy Limited is a project-specific company comprised of Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Limited and SG Bujagali Holdings Ltd, an affiliate of Sithe Global Power, LLC (USA). See About Us for more information.

In the late 1990s, a similar project was initiated by AES Nile Power Ltd (AESNP). When that company withdrew, the Government of Uganda -- with support from The World Bank -- conducted an international competitive bidding process and selected Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL) as the preferred bidder. BEL is not associated with the previous sponsor (AESNP).

Community involvement invited

Our project team continues to conduct an extensive community engagement program to ensure an open, collaborative review process with interested stakeholders. We have developed and implemented a comprehensive "Public Consultation & Disclosure Program" to: 1) increase community awareness of the project and 2) provide opportunities for community input and involvement. See Public Consultation for more information.

Please click on Key Project Documents for detailed project documents on file with the Government of Uganda and for information on how to comment on the project. The documents may also be viewed at local government offices, libraries in the area or at our offices (addresses follow). Thank you for your interest in the Bujagali Hydropower Project.

Bujagali Energy Limited
8 Kms Kayunga Road
P.O. Box 186
Kikubamutwe, Uganda
Tel: +256-434-132532/3
Fax: (+256)(0)33-226-0146