On October 11, 2018, the Nkusi Hydro Power Plant (HPP) at the shores of Lake Albert was officially launched.
Nkusi HPP is one of 17 small-scale renewable energy Projects under the GET-FiT Programme implemented by KfW, the German Development Bank. The GET-FiT Programme is a programme which is being supported by the Governments of Norway, the United Kingdom, the Government of Germany and the EU through the EU Infrastructure Fund.
Nkusi Hydro-electric Power Station is a Run-of-river Hydro Power Plant with an installed capacity of 9.6 megawatts (MW) and 46 gigawatt-hour (GWh) in annual production. The project is located in the Kibaale and Hoima districts. The project started construction in June 2015 and received funds of USD 23M.
Nkusi HPP has several unique features, with access only by barge and boat via Lake Albert and a spectacular access to the intake via a suspended footpath navigating the vertical cliffs over Nkusi falls. It is the only GET FiT project designed with a tunnel, and the developer struggled to obtain viable quotations from tunneling contractors. They therefore decided to go ahead and construct the tunnel themselves, directly employing staff and procuring tunneling machinery.
The team has been committed to engage Ugandans. PA Technical Services Ltd stated: “Initially a large part of our workforce were expats, but by worksite training, Ugandan workers are now forming a core team with good work ethics. Many of our casual workers joined us from the Nguse village”.