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Nyagak power project to take 18 months

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th June 2006 03:00 AM

CONSTRUCTION of the 3.5MW Nyagak power plant in Paidha is expected to be completed in 18 months, the head of the infrastructure has said.

CONSTRUCTION of the 3.5MW Nyagak power plant in Paidha is expected to be completed in 18 months, the head of the infrastructure has said.

By Ronald Kalyango

CONSTRUCTION of the 3.5MW Nyagak power plant in Paidha is expected to be completed in 18 months, the head of the infrastructure has said.

“We have so far signed the contract with the contractor. There will be a geo-technical survey prior to the construction,” Eng. Kevin Kariuki said in an interview at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel recently.

The plant will be located about 2km from Paidha town and will supply power to West Nile.

Kariuki said the geo-technical survey would require a rig to be used for drilling the ground to find out what is in the sub-structure. That is important for the structural integrity of the dam.

The plant, to cost about $8.5m (sh15.7b), is to be constructed by West Nile Rural Electrification Company (WENRECO).
The project will involve erection of about 1km of a 33KV transmission line that will serve Arua, Nebbi, Koboko, Pakwach, Nyapea and Parombo.

The power line was launched by President Yoweri Museveni in February during his campaign trail in West Nile.
The region is depending on the 1.5MW thermal power supplied by WENRECO for 18 hours.

“Power is the driving force for development. Arua has received an overwhelming number of people setting up businesses in the town just on the 18-hour power supply. What will happen when it is a 24-hour supply?” WENRECO’s F. Ahaisibwe said.

Nyagak power project to take 18 months

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