Royal HaskoningDHV designs mini-hydro power stations in Uganda

Royal HaskoningDHV designs mini-hydro power stations in Uganda

Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development gave the starting signal last month for the design and construction of ten mini-hydro power stations in the west of the country. Royal HaskoningDHV initiated the project, found the financing and will be responsible for the design phase. Following their completion in 2016 the mini-hydro power stations will supply electricity to 340,000 people and 800 small and medium-sized enterprises. The stations will be located in small rivers where water power will be used to generate electricity.

Hardly any rural areas in Uganda are connected to the electricity grid. Distribution networks will ensure that numerous villages get a supply of electricity. This will provide an enormous economic boost. Construction of the new stations is in line with the development policy of the East African country where the government has set itself the target of supplying 61% of the population with electricity in 2017 compared with only 10% at present.

The project is being financed by NL Agency part of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through a grant under its Facility for Infrastructure Development (‘ORIO’) and by Uganda’s Ministry of Energy.

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