Museveni, Suluhu Launch Joint Transboundary Hydropower Power Project in Uganda

Friday, May 26, 2023

The launch of a new joint project between Ugandan and Tanzanian leaders, Yoweri Museveni and Samia Suluhu, has captured headlines around the world. On May 25, 2023, these two political leaders commissioned the construction of a 14MW hydropower plant in Uganda, a move that has been hailed as a step forward for the energy sector in East Africa.

The project is set to be located in the Kikagati area of Isingiro District, which is located on the border between Uganda and Tanzania. The cost of the project is estimated to be $19.66 million, with funds coming from the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund. The project is expected to take around three years to complete, with the plant becoming fully operational in 2024.

The construction of this hydropower plant will be carried out by the Chinese firm, Synohydro Corporation Limited. The plant has been designed to use water flow from the Kagera River, which marks the border between Tanzania and Uganda. The capacity of the plant is 14MW, which will significantly boost Uganda’s current power capacity of 1,200MW.

One of the key benefits of this project is that it will provide cheap and clean energy to the local communities surrounding the plant. This will have a positive impact on economic growth prospects in the area, job creation, and even national revenue. Moreover, given that the plant will be powered by hydroelectricity, it represents a significant shift away from fossil fuels, which will benefit the environment.

The project has attracted several stakeholders, including politicians, representatives from the private sector, and local community members. Both President Museveni and President Suluhu have welcomed the joint project, recognizing its importance to the region’s development and their desire to strengthen bilateral relations between their two countries.

All in all, it is clear that the commissioning of a new hydropower plant in Uganda represents a significant milestone for the East African region. The project has the potential to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, improve the power supply, and boost economic growth prospects in local communities. The collaboration between Ugandan and Tanzanian leaders also shows that joint efforts can be made to the benefit of all involved.

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