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ERA Consults Stakeholders in Bulambuli and Kabarole Districts over Proposed Hydropower Projects

The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) on 13th June, 2017 hosted residents of Bulambuli District for a Public Hearing in respect of the application for a License by SM Hydro Limited to establish a 6.9 MW Hydropower Plant across Rivers Mbigi and Sirimitiyo in Muyembe Sub-County, Bulambuli District.

During the proceedings, the residents of Bulambuli District expressed great interest in and support for the proposed Hydropower project. However, they raised concern over the processes and mechanisms applied by the Project Developer in compensation of the 90 (ninety) persons affected by the Project. Mr. Peter Kityo (Environment Specialist – ERA), who presided over the Hearing on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Regulatory Authority, requested the Developer to address the concerns of the Project Affected Persons to avoid any hindrances to the progress of the project.

The Hearing that took place at the Bulambuli District Headquarters attracted notable leaders of the Community, including the District Chairperson, the Chief Administrative Officer and District Internal Security Officer. Over 130 residents of Bulambuli District attended the Public Hearing.

In Kabarole District, the Electricity Regulatory Authority consulted stakeholders at a Public Hearing held in respect of an application for a License by Rwenkuba Electricity Company Limited for the Generation and Sale of 3.2 MW of electricity from a Hydropower Plant across Rivers Yerya and Nsongya in Kisomoro Sub-County, Kabarole District.

The Presiding Officer, Mr. Edward Iruura (Director Financial Services – ERA), who represented the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, assured the residents that upon issuance of a License to the Developer and completion of the Project, the community would not only benefit from access to electricity but also a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Initiatives that the Developer was required to undertake especially in the health and education sectors.

The Resident District Commissioner for Kabarole District, Mr. Stephen Asiimwetasked the Developer to establish timelines for effecting of compensation to the Project Affected Persons; and requested the residents to be cooperative and to support the Developer in order to avoid delays in the implementation of the project.                   

The Public Hearing took place atMukasukali Trading Center, Nyabuhuka Village in Kabarole District, on 16th June 2017.

The views and comments raised by the participants at both Public Hearings will inform the Authority’s decision in awarding License instruments to SM Hydro Limited and Rwenkuba Electricity Company Limited. 

Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 15:55