Uganda temporarily closes Nalubaale and Kiira hydroelectric plants due to floating weeds


Uganda on Tuesday temporarily shut down two key hydropower plants in the eastern part of the country after a floating “island” of weeds moved towards the facilities.

Umeme Limited, the country’s main electricity distributor, said in a statement that floating weeds had appeared at the Nalubaale and Kiira dams on the Nile River as it began its journey from Lake Victoria.

“The development is affecting supply in the Kampala metropolitan area and surrounding areas following emergency load shedding until the floating island is cleared,” Umeme added.

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The two plants represent around 380 MW of the country’s current generation capacity of more than 1,300 MW.

In 2020, Uganda experienced a nationwide power blackout after floating weeds affected the Nalubaale Power Station, one of Uganda’s main hydropower plants.