Deal #8239

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Bujagali Hydropower Plant, Uganda

Latitude
0.49752116975243155
Longitude
33.14102149167259
Target country
Uganda

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
388.0
Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
388
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2012-08-01, current] 388
Comment on land area
The reservoir covers an area of 388 hectares (ha) extending back to the tailrace area of the upstream 180 MW Nalubaale HPP and 200 MW Kiira HPPs. In addition, UETCL owns the power line and the land rights associated with this line that transports the power from the dam to the power stations.

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Renewable Energy
Comment on intention of investment
Hydro power

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
Concluded (Contract signed)
Comment on negotiation status
Compensation to landowners was already done in 2003

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2012-08-01] In operation (production)
Comment on implementation status
The Project was commissioned on August 1, 2012 and has been operating with an availability of 99% since then.

Contract farming

Contract farming
No

Contract #1

Contract expiration date
2043
Duration of the agreement (in years)
30
Comment on contract
In 2043, Bujagali will be transferred to the GOU for one US dollar with an expected remaining life of 70+ years.

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Data source #1

Data source type
Company sources
Publication title
Bujagali 2(Refi)
Date
2019-07-17
Comment on data source
IFC Environmental & Social Review Summary

Data source #2

Data source type
Company sources
Date
2020
Comment on data source
Company website

Data source #3

Data source type
Company sources
Publication title
Annual Report 2019
Date
2020
Comment on data source
SN Power Annual Report

Data source #4

Data source type
Company sources
Publication title
Industrial Promotion Services (IPS)
Date
2018
Comment on data source
Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) details on Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development website

Data source #5

Data source type
Media report
Publication title
SN Power Completes Investment in Bujagali Hydropower Project
Date
2018-07-25

How did the community react?

Comment on community reaction
The ESDD concludes that the relationship between communities and BEL appears to be good, and no significant community issues were identified to have arisen between communities and BEL during Bujagali’s operation.

Displacement of people

Displacement of people
Yes
Number of households actually displaced
34
Comment on displacement of people
These included 34 households that were resettled in Naminya Resettlement Village by building them houses with all social services while others were given alternative land From a survey carried out in August 2011 to monitor livelihood restoration, agriculture (cultivation, animal husbandry, fish farming) support was 100% completed. This was in form of assistance to PAPs in form of poultry, piggery, cattle, aquaculture, goats and seedlings of e.g. vegetables and cassava. Other activities that have improved the socio-economic conditions of the population around the project include putting up of physical infrastructure (schools and upgrading of hospital), hospital and education support (in terms of equipment), city water and power supply, business and employment assistance (construction of business centers, market, business training, community based training in vocational skills) as well as relocation of the spirits of Bujagali. Based on the recent ESDD, the stakeholders met were generally satisfied with the relationship with BEL, with most of the PAPs having improved living conditions as compared to before resettlement and the PAPs appreciating the activities by BEL.

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
In 2009, 514 claimants filed suit related to land transactions in the Ugandan courts claiming that the state-owned transmission utility, UETCL, had undercompensated them for land and crops impacted by the 100 km of transmission lines built by UETCL simultaneously with the Bujagali project to evacuate its power. UETCL is the owner of the line and the land rights associated with it. The dispute resolution function within the CAO’s office mediated a settlement between UETCL and the complainants in 2015. All but three (as of the date of this document) have been compensated according to the settlement and the remaining are in process, awaiting appropriate documentation from claimants to make payments.

Materialized benefits for local communities

Materialized benefits for local communities
Health
Education
Other
Comment on materialized benefits for local communities
Scholarships, school sports, bi-annual clinic, quality fishnets for local fishermen

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Comment on resources
250MW power per year

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
No
Comment on water extraction envisaged
run-of-river dam. It utilizes the water released from Lake Victoria through Nalubaale and Kiira plants for energy generation. Subsequently, the water released from Bujagali plant is utilized for further power generation at the downstream Isimba power plant (180 MW).

Aug. 11, 2020, 10:23 a.m.

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