Crews mobilize to build Uganda’s 250-MW Bujagali

Contractor Salini Costruttori SpA of Italy is reported mobilizing construction crews to begin building the 250-MW Bujagali Falls hydroelectric project on Uganda’s Victoria Nile River.

Uganda’s New Vision reported June 4 the Salini Bujagali Team, main contractor for the US$499 million project, already had assembled heavy equipment including drilling machines, bulldozers, wheel-loaders, excavators, and dump trucks in anticipation of groundbreaking.

Site engineer Amedeo Oprandi said Salini subcontracted Alstom of France and Fichtner of Germany to design and execute project works.

The hydro project is being developed by Bujagali Energy Ltd., a consortium led by Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd., a member of the Aga Khan Development network, and Sithe Global of the United States.

Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (UETCL) seeks bids in August for construction of transmission lines and substations to link Bujagali to Uganda’s national grid. (HNN 6/4/07) Government-owned UETCL has signed a long-term agreement to buy electricity from Bujagali.

In May, officials of the Uganda government and the World Bank signed US$425 million in credit agreements that included work to implement power sector improvements paving the way for Bujagali.

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