Lubigi waste centre to manufacture fertilisers
Posted Wednesday, October 16 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- The Lubigi sewerage treatment plant along the Northern By-pass will not be able to generate electricity as initially planned but will instead be used to manufacture fertilisers.
Speaking at an assessment tour to ascertain the progress of work at the plant on Monday, Mr Ephraim Kamuntu, the water and environment minister said the plant, which is expected to be commissioned at the end of November, will not be able to generate the electricity as had initially been planned because it is smaller than the one in Bugolobi.
Instead, government is planning to repair the one in Bugolobi because it is 10 times bigger than the Lubigi one.
Asked why priority was not given to the Bugolobi plant which already has work in progress, Mr Kamuntu said the volume of sewerage that the Lubigi sewerage plant can generate is smaller than the one in Bugolobi but because of rapid urbanisation, there is need to have new sewerage treatment plants in Nakivubo, Kinawataka and Nalukolongo.
“We realised that this plant can only generate 5,500 cubic metres of sewerage per day yet the one in Bugolobi is 10 times bigger. We need more organic matter which is justifiable for viability. But we have identified Bugolobi as viable for alternative energy,” he said.
According to Mr Paddy Twesigye, the project coordinator of Kampala Sanitation programme, when complete, the plant is expected to produce 300,000 metric tonnes of fertiliser daily.
Asked if the one in Bugolobi has been serving the purpose, Mr Twesigye said contrary to the belief that Uganda has the lowest fertiliser uptake in the country; demand at the Bugolobi plant is so high that sometimes it takes three months for orders to get ready.
“Sometimes it takes us three months to prepare orders. So before the three months, there is nothing available,” he said.