Isimba hydropower dam
Aerial view of Isimba hydropower dam. Credit: UEGCL

The Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) is set to commission the 183MW Isimba hydropower dam by the end of this month.

UEGCL corporate affairs' manager, Simon Kasyate, revealed this in an interview with the Daily Monitor on Saturday.

It is reported that the dam's four Kaplan turbine generator units were up and running by last Friday (11 January 2019) when the utility’s board of directors concluded their routine appraisal of the project.

“We have written to the President, inviting him for the commissioning of this project on January 24. We are still waiting for response from him,” said Kasyate.

He said commercial production and trade of power from Isimba dam will begin in March this year.

“That is when our commercial rates and charges will be applicable,” Kasyate indicated.

O&M office brought closer

In Q4 of 2017, UEGCL announced that works have been commissioned for the Permanent Employer’s Camp at the Karuma hydropower project.

The Permanent Employer’s camp includes the main office block for UEGCL’s operation and maintenance team, a laboratory, canteen, a visitor’s centre, a club house, a guest house and staff housing of different types, among others.

“The master plan and plans have been prepared by a multi-disciplinary team of local consultants working for Sino Hydro Corporation Limited, revealed UEGCL’s CEO, Eng. Harrison E. Mutikanga, adding, “The camp is situated in a well-planned secure area with recreation facilities for staff members and their families.”

Commissioning the works, State Minister for Energy Hon. Simon D’ujanga underscored the importance of the employer’s camp.

“To attract the best talent for operation and maintenance of this project, we shall need to have good facilities like housing, recreation and research among others,” he said.