Source: The governments of Tanzania and Uganda on Monday finalised the construction plans of a mini-hydro power dam on River Kagera at Kikagate, in Isingiro District. The project, expected to generate 10 megawatts of power, was conceived and privately funded by China Shan Sheng Industry International Ltd together with the East African Development Bank. Uganda Investment Authority licenced China Shan Sheng Industry International Limited in 2005 to build and operate the hydro power plant at a cost of Shs35 billion (US$17 million). In September last year, the then Energy minister, Mr Daudi Migereko, requested the Tanzanian government to give 1,000 square metres of land for an access road and 4,000 square metres for water retaining dam area. The project plans were made public on Monday when the Tanzanian delegation and their Ugandan counterparts visited the proposed site. Tanzanian Minister for East African Cooperation Diomorus Buberwa Kamala, who is also MP for neibghouring Nkenge constituency, led the Tanzanian team. He said Tanzania is committed to the project adding that its construction is a trans-boundary initiative which will benefit both sides and called for its immediate commencement. Uganda had planned to construct a 10 megawatts mini hydropower dam on the river at Kasiteti Falls near Kikagate border post but needed the consent of Tanzania with which it shares the river and the proposed site. The project development necessitated using part of Tanzania land that is in proximity with the site, and the unresolved trans-boundary issue impeded the commencement of the construction. "The project is environmental friendly and it will promote East African connectivity," Mr Buberwa. Isingiro South MP Alex Byarugaba Bankunda said the power project is aimed at reviving the old dam which used to generate one mega watt for Kikagate town but was destroyed in the 1970s liberation war. Mr Godfrey Turyahikayo, the executive director Rural Electrification Agency, said a power line has already been pulled from Mbarara to the site. "Initially there were issues of contention on matters of environment, who the developer is and the supplier but the government of Tanzania is fully satisfied with the arrangement and construction will be done soon," he said.