M7 Breaks Ground For $567.7m Isimba Hydro Power Project

President Yoweri Museveni  wit Chinese investors at the ground breaking ceremony of Isimba hydro-power station in Busaana sub-county, Kayunga district.
President Yoweri Museveni wit Chinese investors at the ground breaking ceremony of Isimba hydro-power station in Busaana sub-county, Kayunga district.

President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday graced the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of Isimba hydro-power station in Busaana sub-county, Kayunga district.

The project is a 183 Megawatt plant on River Nile, equipped with four Kaplan turbines and an annual generation of 1039 Gigawatt hours.

The cost of the plant and associated substation is  $ 556M while the transmission line will take  $11.7 million. The dam that will be located at Koova island is projected to take 5 years and will increase by 23% the total electricity installed in the country upon successful completion.

Recently the President performed another historic ground breaking ceremony for the construction of Karuma dam that will add 600 MW to the National Grid. Others in pipeline are Ayago 600 MW, Oryang 400 MW and Kiba 200MW.

Addressing a huge gathering at Busaana sub-county, the President thanked the people of Kayunga for supporting industries. He also expressed gratitude to the Government of the Republic of China.

“I am happy to perform this ceremony of ground-breaking for the construction of Isimba power station that will provide electricity especially to run industries in Uganda. I thank the Government of the Republic of China for their support in the construction of both Karuma and now Isimba. I thank you,too, people of Kayunga for supporting industrialisation. This dam will support a bridge which will open up both Kamuli and Kayunga Districts to rest of the country across the River Nile,” he said.

A total of 2867.6 acres will be required for the dam, substation and reservoir construction work. The Government of Uganda will finance the Resettlement Action Plan and its implementation. Both Karuma and Isimba Hydropower Projects will be financed by concessional loans from the Chinese Government. The Ambassador of China to Uganda, H.E Zhao Yali, extended congratulations to both the Government of Uganda and China International Water and Electric Corporation (CWE) the company awarded construction.

“As His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has mentioned many times before, electricity shortage has always been a bottleneck for the development of Uganda. The enhancement in the electricity sector is like the engine of the jet plane, which will boost the development of the Ugandan Economy. I believe that with the hard work of the Ugandan People, the Vision 2040 -the Ugandan dream will be realised,” said the Ambassador.

China International Water and Electric Corporation will also provide training and employment to Ugandans. The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Engineer Irene Muloni, informed the gathering that both Kamuli and Kayunga districts will derive several benefits.

“During construction, both districts will provide labour and construction materials to the project. In addition, the local communities in both districts will be supplied with electricity. As provided for by Section 76 of the Electricity Act, 1999, both Kamuli and Kayunga districts will receive Royalties which will accrue from the production of electricity. This is expected at a maximum of Ug. Shs 212M per annum to be shared between the two districts,” she said.

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