In August, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd. (UEGCL) awarded a US$95 million design and construction supervision consultancy services contract to ILF Consulting Engineers the for the 44.5-MW Muzizi hydroelectric project. The government of the Uganda Republic owns UEGCL.
The project is a run-of-river development jointly financed by Germany-based KFW Development Bank and the French Agency for Development. It is scheduled for commissioning in 2019 and will be located on the Muzizi River in Western Uganda, southeast of Lake Albert in the district of Kibaale.
Facility specifics include:
- A 10.5 m low-intake weir;
- A catchment area that has a volume of 176,000 m3;
- A 3.7-km-long power canal along the right bank of Muzizi River that will convey water from the reservoir to the surge bay; and
- A nearly 1.1 km long, 1.9 m diameter steel penstock to convey flow to the powerhouse located beside the Muzizi River near the village of Kyanja Hamukura, southwest of Lake Albert.
With a design flow of 12 m3/s and a gross head of 454 m, the plant will annually produce about 220 GWh of energy. A 5.3-km-long, 220-kV transmission line will transfer power to the Fort Portal–Hoima national grid.
According to an ILF press release, “UEGCL will have a full-fledged relocation action plan to address impacts of the project. The project will also support community development and social aspects such as the employment of local labor as well as the improvement of water supply, the provision of access roads, health centers, schools, etc. and will be carried out in close collaboration with local communities.”
In addition, ILF said the Ugandan government is planning a rural electrification program concurrently with the project to help improve conditions in the project area communities.