Uganda - Extension to Owen Falls Generating Station

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Aug 1991
Signature Date 12 May 1992
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2000
Last Disbursement Planned Date 20 Nov 2001
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Commitment U.A 18,372,946.47
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Owen Falls Generating Station extension Project aims at developing Uganda’s hydroelectric resources. The proposed Owen Falls extension by 5x40 MW generating units (although only two will be installed in the first stage), will provide urgently needed least cost capacity addition to Uganda's power generation and transmission facilities. It will continue and build upon the on-going sub-sector rehabilitation project that aims to foster economic development by providing adequate and reliable electric energy to satisfy all the productive sectors of the economy. The existing Owen Falls Power Station is presently being upgraded from its original 150 MW to 180 MW, but even then the capacity is insufficient to meet the Ugandan demand and to export to Kenya the full obligations under the terms of the 1988 modified agreement. When in commercial operation in 1997, the Owen Falls Extension will provide much needed additional generation capacity.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the project is to construct a new power station on the right bank of the river Nile some 800 meter below the existing dam. More specifically, the project aims at the immediate and cost-effective development of additional electricity generation and transmission capacity to meet the country's energy demand. The main expected results of the project are an additional capacity of 120 MW (three 40 MW groups) and a 132 kV transmission line between Jinja and Kampala.


The project would stimulate the country's economic growth and development and would directly benefit economic operators and individual users.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Uganda


IATI identifier 46002-P-UG-FAB-001
Last Update 22 Nov 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Uganda