Run-of-river hydropower plant with a planned installed capacity of 5.4 MW and expected 25 GWh annual production, located in Kasese district. The Project secured investments of USD 18.7M, with USD 3.2M in GET FiT commitments, and commenced construction in March 2016.
Construction progress was generally good and the site team demonstrated a capacity during 2017 to manage critical construction activities and resources to fulfil key programme dates. The Developer, also responsible for the Siti 1 SHP, adopted an alternative approach at Lubilia SHP with respect to the penstock: a bespoke workshop was established at the Contractor’s yard for the purpose of sandblasting and applying protective coatings to the pipe sections, to reduce mechanical damage to the coatings in transit and to improve overall quality. Completion of the penstock installation, powerhouse construction, and electromechanical installations in the powerhouse were critical activities to achieving the COD.
REA completed construction of the relatively short 3.2 km long evacuation line, which will allow the Project to evacuate power once the COD is achieved, currently planned for early Q1 2018. However, improvements to the existing transmission infrastructure to improve reliability are not anticipated until later in Q1 2018, which may result in outages in power evacuation in the interim.