AfDB approves grant for 20MW biomass power plant in Uganda

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has agreed on a $1 million grant to support Earth Energy’s proposed 20MW biomass power plant in northern Uganda.

The total cost for the project is expected to be about $50-$70 million and it will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Uganda is currently dependent on hydroelectricity power – which gets affected by climate changes. The use of biomass power, on the other hand reduces the effects of climate change.

The biomass power plant will use plant reeds from groundnuts, maize and other plants to generate power. Once completed, the plant will provide power to Northern Uganda.

The AfDB grant will finance certain expenditures for the construction and operation of the 20MW baseload biomass power plant. These in particular are the expenditures related to the development of an environment and social impact assessment and a technical feasibility study – includes a full feasibility study, biomass feasibility and feedstock study, a detailed engineering design study and a power evaluation study. The grant will also finance project management activities such as the recruitment of a procurement specialist and the audit of the grant use.

More about the prospects of biomass power projects in Africa will be discussed at Africa Biomass & BioEnergy Summit on 28-29 September, 2017, in Johannesburg.

For more information, email Ms. Huiyan at and tel: +65 63469113