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The technical commissioning of the 18 MW Mpanga Hydropower Project was conducted on Thursday, while President Yoweri Museveni is expected to officially launch the project in March, top officials said.
The $26m project, whose construction started in 2008, is owned by Africa EMS Mpanga, a subsidiary of South Asia Energy Management Systems Inc based in California, the US.
The project will provide green energy adequate to power over 20,000 households in western Ugandan, in addition to providing lighting for hospitals, schools, churches and community centres. The construction was undertaken by VSHydro (Pvt) Ltd; a Sri Lankan-based hydropower construction company. It harnesses the hydro potential of River Mpanga as it drops down over the Great Western Rift Valley onto Lake George in Fort Portal, western Uganda.
News date: 14/02/2011