New small hydro facility operating in Uganda

KANUNGU DISTRICT, Uganda 11/23/11 (PennWell) -- The operation of a US$15 million, 6.5-MWIshasha hydroelectric plant in Uganda’s Kigezi Sub-Region should help reduce the country’s power outages, government officials say.

The facility, which began operating on Nov. 22, sits on the Ishasha River in Kyeijura Kanyantorogo Sub-county and will not only provide power to the Kanungu district, but also nearby Rukungiri, Ntungamo, Kabale and Kisoro districts.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni says he hopes the plant will help spark development in the area’s agro-based industries like rice and tea processing.

“This project has increased Uganda’s wealth by providing electricity,” Museveni says.

The facility was built by ECO Power IT with a memorandum of understanding that says the Sri Lanka-based company will operate the station and sell its power to the government for 30 years.

The project was funded by three Sri Lankan financial institutions -- the National Development Bank of Sri Lanka, Hatton National Bank and Commercial Bank of Sri Lanka.

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