Uganda advances development of 304-MW Ayago North

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has endorsed an agreement for India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) to develop the 304-MW Ayago North hydroelectric project on the Nile River.

Museveni met July 1 with officials of BHEL led by Parmod Uppal. Also participating were Energy and Minerals Minister Daudi Migereko and Ministers of State Semakula Kiwanuka, for investment, and Okello Oryem, for international affairs.

The president told Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to proceed with signing a memorandum of understanding with BHEL for development of Ayago North in northern Uganda, one of several projects identified in Uganda’s Hydro Master Plan.

Museveni told the delegation that Uganda has several good sites on the Nile that could be harnessed for hydropower. In June, Uganda’s Finance minister said the government would use 99 billion shillings (US$53.3 million) to launch an energy fund tasked with building the 250-MW Bujagali Falls and 200-MW Karuma hydropower projects on the Nile.

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