Letter: Objection against the intended conversion of Murchison Falls for a 360 Mw Hydropower’Plant by Bonang Power and Energy (Pty) Limited (Save Murchison fallsNational Park)

This letter of objection is submitted by Environmental Aled to the ERA for consideration based on the public notice published by ERA on 7th June 2019 and 11th June 2019 in the New Vision requesting the stakeholders and public to give their comments and/or objections in writing to the Secretary to the Authority within 30 Days from the date of the public notice in respect to the application by Bonang Power and Energy (Pty) Limited to establish a 360 Mw Hydropower Plant near Murchison Falls,

The objection is based on the following reasons and arguments for your consideration: a) The Government of Uganda and Development Partners are applauded for the efforts and investments in the generation of power with due consideration that energy is key engine for development supporting all the other sectors. This progress has seen Uganda generate additional excess electricity, some of which is not adequately utilized, thus, according to the Eng. lrene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, the Energy sector is doing great; more energy is produced now but we need to have more industries to consume this power that is produced. The problem we have now is producing a lot of power and not consumed which leads us to pay for the excess energy produced.” This is based on her remarks during the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Joint sector review 2018,in this regard it’s not worthy destroying/disrupting Murchison falls for hydro-power generation, unless there is very strong justification for generation of more energy before utilizing the excess energy!

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