Run-of-river SHP with a planned installed capacity of 9.6 MW and 46 GWh in annual production, located in the Kibaale and Hoima districts. The Project secured investments of USD 23M, with USD 6.5M in GFPPM commitments, and commenced construction in June 2015. The Nkusi SHP is the only GET FiT project designed with a tunnel that carries the full length of waterway. The tunnel breakthrough during Q1 2017 was a significant achievement for the Project, providing an improved, easier construction access between the dam/intake and power station sites for the remainder of the construction phase. The original access to the weir and intake was one of the most challenging in the portfolio, with pedestrian access only possible from steep escarpments from above the weir or from Lake Albert below.
The Project is on track to achieve a COD in Q2 2018. However, the interconnection solution remains a critical issue, with the previous option abandoned due to UETCL’s lack of funds. A new 3 km line will now be constructed by REA to connect the plant to the existing grid. However, due to weaknesses of the general distribution grid in the project area, this grid extension will only have capacity to evacuate a maximum of 45% of the generated power from the Project. For a permanent solution that minimises the risk of deemed energy and associated payments by GoU, the Developer successfully solicited additional funding to construct a new 88 km line from the Project to Fort Portal. The timeline for implementation is 6 months, which will help to reduce the magnitude of deemed energy.