Privately financed Norwegian power plant in Africa By Rolleiv Solholm BURUNDI NEWS - Norwegian Minister of International Development, Erik Solheim is this week opening the first Norwegian hydro power plant in Africa financed by private industry. It is located in Kasese, Western Uganda. The plant is built using modern Norwegian technology and expertice. It will increase Uganda's total el-production by seven per cent. This is the first time in history that Norwegian investors build a hydr power plant in Africa. Cooperation between private and public sectors is desicive for development in developing countries. In Africa there is a great need for environmental friendly and renewable energy. I hope for more similar investments, Minister Solheim says. The new power station is the result of cooperation between the Norwegian energy producer TroenderEnergi and the Norwegian State investment Fund NorFund. On his visit to Africa, Solheim has also visited Burundi, in a follow-up of the Norwegian engagement in the peace process in this country.