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Uganda will buy power from neighboring Kenya to stabilize the supply after floods shut down the 183-megawatt Isimba plant last week.

In a statement, Energy Minister Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu said the East African country will purchase 60 megawatts from Kenya and restart an idled 50-megawatt thermal plant in Kampala. Kakira sugar plant will provide an additional 20 megawatts of power from cane pulp.

Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. plans to restart production at the Isimba hydropower plant within three weeks but is implementing rolling electricity outages to balance supply and demand until then.

The government-owned Isimba, located about 80 kilometers northeast of Kampala, along the Nile River, was constructed by China International Water and Electric Corp.

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