Denmark’s Cowi A/S has been appointed to carry out a full feasibility study for the 20MW Earth Energy biomass project in Gulu in northern Uganda. The $650,000 contract has a one-year duration. Earth Energy Company Ltd received a $993,000 grant from the African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa in 2016 for the study. Germany’s KfW and the United States’ Power Africa are also backing the project, which is expected to buy agricultural waste from around 15,000 farmers in the northwest of the country. A pilot plant is already operating, providing power to a rice mill and the local community.
Earth Energy is owned by the United Kingdom-registered Mandulis Energy (UK) Ltd, which is 44% owned by Peter Nyeko and 36% by Elizabeth Nyeko, both Ugandans. 5% stakes are held by Johnson and Venturina Nyeko together, Benconolly PEJJ (Uganda) Ltd, Robin Tucker and Toyosi Ogedengbe. Both Tucker and Ogedengbe are British nationals.
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