Run-of-river hydropower plant with a planned installed capacity of 16 MW and 115 GWh annual production located in Isingiro district, Southern Uganda on the border with Tanzania. Investment of USD 51.1M with USD 12.3M in GFPPM commitments.
The Kikagati SHP is unlike any other hydropower project in the GET FiT portfolio, being situated on the biggest river of any of the projects – the Kagera River – and in the location of a previous hydropower station, which had been destroyed many years previous as a result of civil unrest between the two countries. With the largest design flows and one of the largest power outputs of the projects in the portfolio, it also has the longest dam at approximately 170 m in length and the lowest design head, with a dam of approximately 6 m in height. There are also no waterways (headrace structures or penstocks), which means that the project structures are all located in the vicinity of the dam, giving the smallest footprint in the portfolio!
Following substantial delays due to transboundary issues and in executing a bilateral agreement between the Governments of Uganda and Tanzania, the Project mobilised to site during Q4 2017 – the last of the projects in the portfolio to commence site works and a substantial achievement for the GET FiT Programme. The Project plans to achieve commercial operation in stages, with the first unit reaching Commercial Operation Date (COD) on 14 April 2020; and the third unit achieving COD on 18 September 2020. The Project will substantially benefit from this site previously having been used for the purpose of hydropower generation as the power evacuation infrastructure is already in place, which means that the Contractor will be able to use grid-supplied electricity during construction.