Uganda - Achwa II Hydropower Plant

Project Summary

Approval Date 14 Dec 2016
Signature Date 25 Aug 2017
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Non Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23220
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 14,342,069.14
Status Implementation

Project General Description

Achwa 2 will be the first HPP in Northern Uganda, an area that succumbed to rebel activity and has been underserved. The project involves the construction and operation of a 42MW run-of-the-river hydro power plant (Achwa 2 HPP) located on the banks of the Achwa River in the districts of Pader, Kitgum and Gulu in Uganda. A 14km access road, 5km of service roads and interconnection facilities to the grid substation will be built as part of the project scope. The Achwa 2 power plant will be interconnected via a 180 km transmission line to the Lira substation, which will be built by Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) outside the scope of the project. Developing hydro power potential will provide Uganda with relatively cheaper, sustainable energy to drive economic growth and development.

Project Objectives

The project aims to meet the growing demand for electricity in Uganda, the need to reduce the cost of electricity produced, and the need to provide clean energy. The Project will provide affordable, low cost, environmentally friendly, which will address expected power shortfalls and thereby support economic growth as well as social development in Uganda.


This project will benefit mainly Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), the Government and the people of Uganda.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-UG-FAB-007
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Uganda
Coordinates Location Name
2.85604 32.43 Gulu District
2.53861 31.48333 Achwa