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Uganda: Land disputes could delay hydro project

Land-related issues where transmission lines will cross to evacuate power generated from the Karuma Hydropower project, will delay the commissioning of the facility.

The Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd chief executive officer, Harrison Mutikanga, has stated that difficulties in acquiring land for the Karuma interconnection project is likely to delay the commissioning of the 600MW hydropower plant, reports the Daily Monitor.

Electricity from the power plant is expected to be evacuated through Karuma -Kawanda (305km), Karuma-Olwiyo (60km) and Karuma- Lira (80km).

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Mutikanga was addressing the media on the project progress at Karuma on Wednesday during a site visit last week.

He said they are working closely with the ministry of Energy, Finance ministry and Uganda Electricity Transmission Co Ltd (UETCL) to ensure that the problems are rectified and the project is commissioned on schedule.

Karuma Hydropower project

In an interview with the Daily Monitor on Thursday, Edward Mutesa, the principal project officer-social Aspect at UETCL, the firm undertaking the interconnection project, said they are already behind schedule by six months due to emerging land disputes.

Mutesa noted that the biggest challenges have been experienced on the Karuma-Kawanda, the longest route where they encountered several overlapping tittles by landowners between the Nakasongola and Wakiso districts.


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