Hydropower Plant (O&M) in Bujagali

Up to 2012, Uganda had some 400 MW of installed electrical power capacity and an electrification rate of 10%. In addition, the country also suffered from daily power cuts of up to 12 hours in a row.

To remedy this situation, the Ugandan government promoted the construction of a private hydroelectric power station on a BOOT (Build, Operate, Own and Transfer) basis backed by the World Bank.

Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL) was the successful bidder in the tender issued by the Ugandan government to choose the project’s concessionaire.

The Bujagali Hydropower Plant began operating in 2012. Five large-capacity turbines use water from the Upper Nile to produce 250 MW of electricity.

To ensure the stable running and performance of the station’s operational and maintenance activities, the project’s partners issued a restricted invitation to tender with high technical and economic requirements. The tender concluded in a contract between BEL, the plant’s owner, and Operations and Maintenance Energy (O&M Energy), the turnkey operator, signed in May 2011, which includes a 12-month preoperative period and provides for 11 years of commercial operation.

O&M Energy embarked on the project’s preoperations by applying its proven deployment methods in new countries. This includes mobilising key staff (Power Plant Manager, Operations Manager and Maintenance Manager) and selecting and training 40 Ugandan professionals, initiatives that contribute towards the social development of the local community and which are developed under the framework of a social responsibility programme based on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a pioneer in these types of projects.

In 2012, during the first year of commercial operations, the O&M Energy management achieved unavailability rates of under 0.8%, considerably outperforming the contractual obligations. 

Certifications

In addition, O&M Energy Uganda Ltd’s activity has recently been certified as compliant with ISO 9000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 quality, environmental and safety standards, demonstrating the excellence of its operations in accordance with the industry’s most exacting standards.

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