Norwegians to build power plant in Hoima

Wednesday March 17 2010

By Katherine Haywood

Uganda’s oil and gas looks likely to power a Norwegian-built thermal power plant in Hoima District by the second half of 2011, Tullow Oil confirmed Tuesday.

The contractual details are being discussed with the government, including the cost of the project, the development of the gas, its supply and the resulting power generation.

But the project will likely generate 53 Megawatts (MW) of power, with the possibility of expansion to 100MW.

Mr Brian Glover, Tullow Business unit manager Uganda & East Africa, said the development could represent 15 per cent of all the power generated in Uganda today.

“It will have an impact not only on Bunyoro, but also in Kampala.”
Tullow contracted Jacobsen Elektro AS (JE), a Norwegian Company, to build a thermal power plant together with a substation, storage tanks and a workers’ camp in Kabaale Parish, Buseruka Sub-county.

Kampala-based Newplan Limited is conducting the Environmental Impact Assessment for the project and has asked stakeholders for their views and concerns.

Limited details
But the World Wildlife Fund for Nature told Daily Monitor that they have not been given enough details to be able to respond effectively given the magnitude of the project.

“We have not been informed how much primary resources, such as oil and gas, will be used per day (in the power plant). Knowing that would help us deduce how much emissions and waste will be produced,” said Mr Robert Ddamulira, WWF oil and gas manager.

There is also concern that the scope of the EIA does not cover the gas transportation to the power plant, nor how the power generated will reach Nkenda in Kasese and Hoima town, the proposed destinations.