Bujagali hydropower plant in Uganda

The 250-MW Bujagali hydropower plant in Uganda demonstrates that large-scale private power infrastructure projects can be built successfully in Africa. This is the first power project built in Uganda to secure private financing.

Interconnection with Kenya

The project provides 49 percent of Uganda’s electricity-generating capacity. It also positions the government to sell power to neighboring countries through an interconnection with Kenya.

The project is a public-private partnership supplied by Alstom and sponsored by BEL, a company owned by Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) and SG Bujagali Holdings Ltd. (which is an affiliate of a US company).

BEL signed a PPA with the Ugandan government. BEL will operate the plant and the government will also lease the land to BEL.

 

Partnerships needed

It is clear that energy and electricity has become a real business issue. Public-private partnerships are going forward to ensure the development of power infrastructure in East Africa.

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