183 MW Isimba Hydro Power Project Commissioned

President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned Isimba Hydro Power Project, adding another 183 MW of power to Uganda’s current 975 MW.

The project was constructed for over 47 months, and cost USD 568 million (about UGX 2.1 trillion) and was financed by a loan from China Export-Import Bank (85% funding) and the balance contributed by the Uganda government.

It’s hoped that the new project will help increase national access to the power grid from the current 22%.

For more reading, please visit: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1496691/museveni-launches-isimba-dam

HPAU Holds Second AGM

The Second HPAU Annual General Meeting earlier scheduled for Wednesday 9th May 2018 was eventually held on the brink of the Financial Year (June 30th). A detailed account shall be shared as soon as the report is ready.


Water Stewardship for Sustainable Hydropower Development

Some of the participants of the IWaSP Conference pose for a photo at the weir/intake of Lower Nyamindi (1.8MW) Small Hydro Power Project; Kirinyaga County, Kenya.

Over 80 participants at the conference that convened at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, from 5th to 8th June 2018 unanimously agreed on the need for increased stakeholder collaboration and partnerships in the bid to protect our water resources from risks arising from hydro power development and other human activities.

The conference was convened by the GIZ-managed International Water Stewardship Programme (IWasP), with support from UKAID. In attendance were hydropower developers and operators, consultants, government agencies and civil society organisations active in water resource management and renewable energy from all over the globe.

The Ugandan delegation was composed of representatives from ERA, UEGCL, NEMA and DWRM. Dan Marlone of HPAU also participated, in his capacity as a member of the Developers and Operators Chamber of the International Hydropower Association Protocol Governing Council (PGC).

The conference was crowned with a field visit to Lower Nyamindi 1.8MW Small Hydro Project under construction by Kenya Tea Development Authority Power, in Kirinyaga County.


Ghanaian Developers Benchmark on Uganda’s Small Hydro projects

Genser Visit 1
(L-R): Derrick (Nyamwamba), Dan (HPAU) and Maureen (Nyamwamba) after touring the Nyamwamba 9.2 MW SHPP. In the middle is Deborah (Genser), Mr Opoka (Nyamwamba), Janet and Frema (both from Genser).

A team from Genser Energy Ghana, an Independent Power Producer, were in Uganda from 13th to 18th May 2018 to copy a leaf from how far Uganda has faired in developing small hydro power projects (SHPPs). Accompanied by Dan Marlone from HPAU, the team visited Kyambura, Nyamwamba and Mahoma SHPPs.

According to Janet Yun, the Project Development Manager and team leader explained, unlike Uganda, Ghana currently has no SHPPs by IPPs, and Genser wants to take the initiative. She explains:

“Because Genser has not delved into hydropower previously, we would like to gain context in the field … to identify key obstacles that occurred during development and construction, so we can be mindful of these things as we conduct our own feasibility study.”



What’s New?

Summit to Unlock Investment in Energy Infrastructure

Dan, Paul and Simon
Dan Marlone, HPAUL NEC Treasurer, shares a light moment with Paul Hinks, Founder and CEO of Symbion Power, USA, at the East Africa Energy Infrastructure Summit held at Kampala Serena Hotel recently. Looking on is Simon Gosling, MD of EnergyNet, the organisers of the event.

The East Africa Energy & Infrastructure Summit that ran side by side with the Africa Energy Forum (Off the Grid) that was held at the prestigious Kampala Serena Hotel from 6th to 8th February 2018 exposed HPAUL to many great funding and opportunities. Multinational companies like Power Africa and Symbion Power, to mention but a few, have expressed willingness to support hydropower operators and developers in Uganda to unlock its potential.

Over 2000 key players in the energy sector from different parts of the world, including investors, developers, donors, financiers, government and private sector attended. Eng. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development assured participants of the immense potential that exists in Uganda.

Other high profile personalities that graced the event include HE Deborah Malac, the US ambassador to Uganda and HE Attilio Pacifici, head of EU Uganda Delegation.

The event was organized by EnergyNet Ltd, as a precursor to the 20th Anniversary of the Africa Energy Forum due in Mauritius in June 2018.


HPAUL NEC Member appointed to IHA’s Protocol Governing Council

Treasurer, Founder NEC Member HPAUL
Dan Marlone Nabutsabi

The Treasurer and founder National Executive Committee member of HPAUL, Dan Marlone Nabutsabi, has been appointed as Alternate Chair to the Operators and Developers Chamber of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol – Protocol Governing Council (PGC). This is the council of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) directly responsible for operationalizing the Protocol.

The Operators and Developers Chamber is composed of 15 corporate members from different continents. It is chaired by Ken Adams, who is also the current President of IHA. Dan, a professional financial accountant, replaces Ricardo Krauskopf Neto, formerly with Itaipu Binacional company of Brazil. The two-year tenure took effect early 2018.

“This is a great opportunity for increased visibility of HPAUL in particular and Uganda’s Renewable Energy sector in general,” said Solomon Okongo Oola, also a member of HPAUL NEC.

The first team in Uganda to undergo training in the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, end of 2015.

Welcome to the Hydro Power Association of Uganda Ltd. website.

Uganda is richly endowed with abundant renewable energy resources, with the potential to generate 5,300 MW; with hydro power potential alone being estimated at about 2,000 MW. Unfortunately, only about 13% of this potential has been exploited.

Since the commissioning of the first hydro power dam in 1954, the electricity sub-sector in Uganda has had its share of challenges, until privatisation of the 90s. Government and development partners have played a big role towards mobilising the stakeholders to exploit this potential.

Nevertheless, Uganda’s annual per capita consumption of electricity of 80kWh is still one of the lowest in the region. National access to electricity of 16% (7% rural access) and increasing demand of 10% per year can also be improved, in a public-private partnership approach.

Hydro Power Association of Uganda Ltd., therefore, is one of the organisations whose key objective is to bring together hydro power developers, plus other key stakeholders whose core mandate is related with hydro power in particular and renewable energy in general, to interface with government and other relevant partners to lobby for the promotion of hydro power as the most appropriate technology for local, national and regional development.

Picture: Selected stakeholders of the Association on a Capacity Building tour on the Environmental and Social Effects of Hydro Power Development in Uganda at Isimba Hydro Power Project, Tuesday 11th August 2015.
Picture: Selected stakeholders of the Association on a Capacity Building tour on the Environmental and Social Effects of Hydro Power Development in Uganda at Isimba Hydro Power Project, Tuesday 11th August 2015.


Last updated: Friday 22nd March, 2019