Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Geothermal Country Notes
Uganda's power sector relies heavily on indigenous hydroelectricity. The country is particularly well-endowed with a hydro resource but large losses due to long transmission lines, together with the possible effects of climate change on the supply of water, has ensured that the Government recognises the importance of diversification.
Research has established that three areas in particular, lying in the west of the country near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, have considerable geothermal potential. Assessments are being made of two prospects: Katwe and Kibiro. The former has been shown to have a temperature of 160-200°C and the latter in excess of 200°C. A pre-feasibility study is being conducted in the area of Buranga. It is hoped that in future these areas will enable electricity generation from small-scale geothermal plants in rural areas.