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Sesam Energetics and Taylor Biomass collaborate

Renewable energy company Sesam Energetics and US-based Taylor Biomass Energy are partnering to build a 40MW biomass-fired power plant in Namungoona, Kampala district, Uganda.

Costing $160 million (€114.8 million) the plant, to be constructed on 150 acres of land, will handle around 1,030 tonnes of solid waste collected from Kampala and nearby regions to generate enough renewable energy for more than 35,000 homes.

The green power will be produced by Taylor Biomass' technology that will be installed at the facility.

The plant is expected to be up and running in two years time, providing in excess of 400 jobs. A further 1,100 jobs will also be created in due course.

The project comes at a time when just 12% if the 31 million Ugandans have access to electricity. And this figure is only set to fall as the nation's population grows.