The Kakira biomass (bagasse from sugar production) plant is located in the Jinja District, Eastern Uganda, and was the first operational project supported by GET FiT.
Over the past three years the Project has been facing a reduced availability of sugar cane, caused mainly by increased local competition in the sugar cane market. To increase supply, the Developer acquired additional land for sugar cane production in 2017 and 2018. Accordingly, the output has seen a considerable increase: In 2017 the generation was at 44 GWh, while the plant generation nearly doubled to approximately 87 GWh in 2018.
The Kakira owners expect a continued increase in energy generation levels in the final years of GET FiT support (2019 and 2020), with a current estimate of up to 120 GWh/year in this period. Notably, in a 3 to 5 year perspective, the Project expects to achieve full production at 147 GWh/year. They aim to achieve this through additional land purchases which will increase their share of own cane supply from today’s 35 percent, up to about 50 percent. Further to this, the Project is in the process of installing new irrigation systems for enhanced cane production on parts of the land.
Figure 12 - Kakira Bagasse - Planned versus Actual Energy Output (2018)