bujagali hydropower project


At Bujagali Energy Limited ("BEL"), we take environmental stewardship seriously. We fully appreciate the importance of the Victoria Nile River and its environs as an invaluable natural resource. That's why we're committed to preserving and enhancing the area near the hydropower project for current and future generations.

The following highlights some of BEL's environmental mitigation and monitoring measures:

  • Alternative water supplies (groundwater wells, piped city water, etc.) for villages
  • Extensive native vegetation planted on islands and riverbanks in the Bujagali reservoir and downstream
  • Implementation of an invasive alien species plan
  • Implementation of shoreline management plan
  • Routine water quality monitoring
  • Routine monitoring of fish stocks in the reservoir and the downstream river
  • Coordination with rafting enterprises for alternative raft launching and exit facilities and other new tourism opportunities such as river cruises
  • New tourism facilities in the Bujagali area (cultural heritage facilities, dam visitors center, picnic site, etc.)

Discussions are held among local, national and international stakeholders -- environmental and other non-government organizations, community leaders, government officials -- about the effects of the project and mitigation actions. This continued public consultation process aids BEL in its implementation of an effective and innovative mitigation program to protect and enhance the Victoria Nile River environment.

Global Benefits

The Bujagali Hydropower Project reduces carbon emissions in Uganda by approximately 1 million tons per annum. Hydropower electricity does not cause emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2. Prior to Bujagali, a significant portion of electricity in Uganda was generated by diesel and fuel oil generators that emit considerable volumes of CO2. The electricity produced by the Bujagali Hydropower Project replaced the diesel and fuel oil electricity and hence reduced CO2 emissions that contributed to climate change. The Bujagali Hydropower Project is registered as the largest, renewable Clean Development Mechanism Project in Sub-Saharan Africa.