According to UEGCL, up to $2.5m (approximately Shs 8.7bn) is needed to rehabilitate and upgrade the power station. UEGCL said it is working with a number of development partners to get the financing. The station is expected to be up and running by 2018/19.
Maziba mini hydro power station was commissioned in 1963 and stopped operation in 2002 after it ran into operational and technical trouble. The power station is situated on the Kiruruma river, which flows from Rwanda, into Uganda and back to Rwanda. It has three hydro-turbines.
In 1975, Maziba mini hydro station was shut down due to floods. In 1992, it was re-commissioned after being revamped. Due to operational challenges, the station stopped operations in 2002.