Run-of-river hydropower plant with a planned installed capacity of 16.5 MW and estimated 72 GWh annual production, located in Bukwo District, Eastern Uganda. The Project secured investments of USD 33M, with USD 10.2M in GET FiT commitments, and commenced construction during August 2016. The Project has the largest installed capacity of the GET FiT projects and is the downstream part of the cascade with the already commissioned Siti I SHP, one of only two cascades in the portfolio.
Following commissioning of the upstream Siti I SHP, the Developer diverted all available resources to the Siti II SHP, allowing improved focus on construction progress. The key challenge to resolve during 2018 is the power evacuation solution. Umeme will construct an interim 33 kV line, which will follow the Siti I line corridor and extend to Mbale substation. Construction of the line is expected to commence in Q1 2018 and be completed in less than 12 months. A permanent 132 kV evacuation solution is being developed from Mbale-Bulambuli and is described later in this report in the chapter Connecting to the Grid.
The Project is aiming to achieve commercial operation by Q3 2018, although the risk of deemed energy is a real possibility given the uncertainties surrounding the power evacuation infrastructure.