This run-of-river hydropower plant is located in the Kasese District just downstream of the Nyamagasani 1 SHP in Western Uganda. The Developer and EPC Contractor are common to both the Nyamagasani 1 and 2 SHP’s – the second cascade of schemes in the portfolio. Similar to the Nyamagasani 1 SHP, progress observed during 2018 was generally poor and the procurement of critical materials and equipment had been delayed. A substantial amount of construction works remained. COD was estimated to occur in Q2 2019.
The Project was also requested to partially stop construction of the headrace canal during 2018 due to the potential for significant environmental and social damage as well as health and safety risks with the originally proposed design and construction approach.
Designs through this steep and challenging section of terrain were reviewed and important changes implemented, which also lead to further delays. By the end of the year, design issues had otherwise been largely resolved, with the exception of the fish pass arrangement at the weir; construction of the weir, headrace canal, and forebay was reasonably well advanced. Construction of the powerhouse and installation of the penstock and electromechanical equipment had not, however, commenced, and were critical to achieving the planned commercial operation date. The new 33 kV evacuation line is common to both Nyamagasani projects, and its implementation is therefore also a critical risk to the Nyamagasani 2 hydropower project.