Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station

Coordinates: 00°27′01″N 33°11′08″E / 0.45028°N 33.18556°E / 0.45028; 33.18556
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Kiira Power Station
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Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station, marked with a red arrow.
Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Uganda
Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station
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Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Africa
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Official nameKiira Hydropower Station
Coordinates00°27′01″N 33°11′08″E / 0.45028°N 33.18556°E / 0.45028; 33.18556
Construction began1993
Opening date2003
Owner(s)Uganda Government
Operator(s)Eskom Uganda Limited (Until 2022)
Dam and spillways
Type of damMass concrete
ImpoundsVictoria Nile
Normal elevation1,134 m (3,720 ft)
Operator(s)Eskom Uganda Limited
Commission date2003
TypeRun of the river
Turbines5 x 40 MW (Francis)
Installed capacity200 MW (270,000 hp)

Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station, is a hydroelectric power station in Uganda, with an installed capacity of 200 megawatts (270,000 hp).[1]


The power station is located at Kimaka, a northern suburb of Jinja, in Jinja District, in the Eastern Region of Uganda, approximately 5.5 kilometres (3 mi) northwest of the central business district of the city of Jinja.[2]

Kiira Power Station operates next to the Nalubaale Power Station at the point where the River Nile pours out of Lake Victoria starting its 6,650 kilometres (4,130 mi)[3] journey to the Mediterranean Sea. The coordinates of Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station are: 0°27'01.0"N, 33°11'08.0"E (Latitude:0.450272; Longitude:33.185558).[4]


In 1993, work started on the Nalubaale Power Station extension project. The new project is a second powerhouse located about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) northeast of the Nalubaale Power Station, which was built in 1954. A new canal was cut to bring water from Lake Victoria to the new powerhouse. Major construction was completed in 1999. The first power from two units out of the installed five units, came online in 2000.[5]

As of 2003, three of the five hydro power generators had been installed. Installation of the fifth and final turbine was completed in January 2007. Each unit at the extension has a capacity of 40 megawatts.[6] During official opening ceremonies in 2003, the extension was named the "Kiira Power Station". Design and project management of the extension project was by Acres International (now part of Hatch Ltd), Canada.[7]


In 2002, the government of Uganda, through the Uganda Electricity Generation Company, a 100 percent parastatal, awarded a 20-year operational, management, and maintenance concession to Eskom Uganda Limited, a subsidiary of Eskom, the South African energy company, to cover both Kiira Power Station and nearby Nalubaale Power Station. Eskom sells the electricity it generates to the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), the authorized single buyer. UETCL resells the power to Umeme, the energy distributor.[8]

Recent developments[edit]

In April 2021, the Daily Monitor newspaper reported that Eskom Uganda, the concessionaire for this dam had replaced the "electronic governor", which "controls the flow of water through the turbines". The system controls the rate of water flow and thus the amount of power output by the dam. This equipment was last replaced in 2007 and "had reached the end of its operational life".[9]

The new equipment was manufactured and installed by Andrtiz Hydro GmbH and has a guaranteed life cycle of 15 years. The equipment cost USh5 billion (approx. US$1.4 million) (approx. €1.15 million), paid by Eskom Uganda.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elias Biryabarema and George Obulutsa (9 May 2020). "Kenya and Uganda hit by power blackout, electricity back in most of Kenya" (Quoting Reuters). The Guardian Canada. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  2. ^ Google (2 August 2020). "Distance Between Downtown Jinja And Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Nile River | Delta, Map, Basin, Length, Facts, Definition, Map, History, & Location".
  4. ^ Google (2 August 2020). "Location of Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  5. ^ Africa Focus (21 February 2006). "East Africa: Dams and Lake Victoria" (Quoting cited sources in article). Africa Focus Organization. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  6. ^ Michael Wakabi (2 January 2007). "Uganda: Country to Test-Run Kiira Power Station". The East African. Nairobi. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  7. ^ UEGCL (15 July 2013). "Profile of Kiira Hydroelectric Power Station". Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL). Archived from the original (Archived from the original on 23 May 2015) on 2015-05-23. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  8. ^ Joseph Olanyo (5 August 2012). "ESKOM to Invest $20 Million On Nalubaale, Kiira Dams". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  9. ^ a b Tom Brian Angurini (28 April 2021). "Eskom invests in Kiira dam water controllers". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  10. ^ Jean Marie Takouleu (30 April 2021). "Uganda: Andritz to Rehabilitate Kiira Hydropower Plant (200 MW)". Paris, France: Retrieved 3 May 2021.

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