Hon. Nankabirwa commends UEGCL on operating the NKPS complex

Hon. Nankabirwa commends UEGCL on operating the NKPS complex

By UEGCL Media | April 8, 2024

On 9th March 2024, Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, had a technical visit to the 380 MW Nalubaale-Kiira Hydropower Plant Complex in Jinja City, to appraise the current status and operational efficiency of the complex.

During the visit, the Minister engaged in comprehensive discussions with the Management and Staff of the Nalubaale-Kiira Complex, delving into the intricacies of its operations and plans. From the boardroom, Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa proceeded to a physical inspection of both plants.

The complex is made up of 2 plants; Nalubaale HPS (180MW) and the Kiira HPS (200MW) with the former being the oldest hydropower plant in Uganda having been commissioned by the Queen herself in 1954.

In her remarks, Dr Nankabirwa expressed gratitude to the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) for ensuring a seamless transition from Eskom last year. Acknowledging the pivotal role of the Nalubaale-Kiira Complex (380 MW) in the nation’s energy landscape, the Minister commended the efforts of both the management and staff in maintaining a robust and sustainable power generation system.

Dr Ruth Nankabirwa underlined her support for the rehabilitation of the ageing Nalubaale plant. “I know this dam, old as it is, plays a significant role in flood management and the cascade plants downstream…we shall support its rehabilitation and all initiatives to extend its lifespan,” said Dr Ruth Nankabirwa.

As the nation continues to prioritize sustainable and efficient energy solutions, the Minister’s visit underscores the government’s commitment to fostering growth and innovation in the energy and mineral development sector.

The Nalubaale-Kiira Complex stands as a beacon of success, and with continued support and strategic initiatives, it is poised to play a pivotal role in Uganda’s energy future.

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