Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development
Publish Date: Sep 14, 2012
  • mail
  • img

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) is mandated to establish, promote the development, strategically manage and safeguard the rational and sustainable exploitation and utilization of energy and mineral resources for social and economic development. 

The Ministry and its development partners have over years implemented a number of projects that are aimed at not only reducing load shedding but also providing power to different parts the country. In this regards, the 3.5MW Nyagak 1 hydropower plant will today be commissioned.

The construction of the mini hydro power plant was started in 2006. To fi nalise the construction, it was in July 2010 contracted to Spencon Services Limited for civil works, VS Hydro for electrical mechanical and Fichtner; the German company as the main Consultant. 

The long awaited 3.5 MW Mini hydro power plant is a Public Private Partnership between the Industrial Promotion Services and the Government of Uganda.

The project was implemented by West Nile Rural Electrifi cation Company Limited (WENRECO) and fi nanced by the Government of Uganda, the German Government through KfW and the World Bank. The mini hydro power plant will serve West Nile districts which include Zombo, Nebbi, and Arua Districts. 

The commissioning function will be presided over by His Excellency the President who will tour around the dam, inaugurate it and also do the ground breaking for the West Nile grid extension project. Why Nyagak 1 hydropower plant was constructed. 

The West Nile districts have for long been isolated from the national grid. So, there was need to construct a mini grid to supply the surrounding areas instead of extending the main grid which would have not only been costly, but also take a very long time and would be associated with high energy losses and power interruptions given the long distance from Jinja. 

Government’s effort to provide power to West Nile region The dependence on power generated from isolated diesel generators increased the cost of doing business in the region and this provoked the government to intervene and provide affordable energy. 

Government started by installation of a 1.4MW Heavy Fuel O il (HFO) generator but this, could run for 18hours or less. The thermal plant that was expensive, characterized by load shedding and unsustainable.

The energy from the thermal plant had to be heavily subsidized by Government to make it affordable to the public. This, was a big a hindrance to the development of the region given that affordable energy is crucial to social and economic development. Click for more

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
When Pope Francis visits Uganda today, he will be the third pope after Pope Paul VI in 1969 and Pope John Paul II in 1993 to grace our century. According to the chairman of the Uganda Catholic Episcopal Conference, Archbishop John Baptist Odama, the Pope is visiting for three reasons. His visit is...
The Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Works and Transport is developing a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). This will be a modern, high-capacity standard gauge railway system that is effi cient, reliable, safe and aff ordable for both freight and passengers...
Tuesday, 17th November, 2015 was World Prematurity Day. The day was commemorated in Lira District under the theme ‘Harnessing the Power of Communities and Partnerships to Prevent Preterm Birth and Improve Care in Uganda...
Jessica and her husband, a tailor, were living in near poverty in Katakwi. Her husband had a low income from his tailoring business and Jessica was working at restaurant as a waiter for shs.500 (fi ve hundred shillings) per a day between 2005 and 2008....
TEN years ago, SKenya Motors (U) Ltd launched its operations in Uganda, importing Scania trucks and buses. Last week, the firm opened its new plant at Luzira Commercial Park, with the aim of expanding its operation, so as to become a major player in selling Scania buses and trucks in Uganda...
FINCA Uganda is a subsidiary of FINCA International, which serves nearly two million clients in 23 countries across five continents. FINCA Uganda is a unique organisation....
Do you think Uganda is winning the fight against AIDS?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter