The Isimba Hydro Power Project is set to be commissioned at the end of this month adding another 183 megawatts of power onto the national grid.located 4km downstream of Simba Falls on the River Nile, approximately 50km downstream of the Source of the Nile. The project site is about 21km from Kayunga Town as the nearest town and about 65km from Jinja Town
The Chairperson of the Project Steering Committee of the project, Eng Badru Kiggundu said that the project which started in 2013 is coming to a close with the dam built and the generating equipment has been installed.
This was revealed as the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga toured the dam at the River Nile in Kayunga on Monday. The Speaker made the visit to appraise herself with the progress made so far with the project
Kiggundu added that during the defect liability period of two years, the contractor, China Water and Electrical Company Limited will construction a bridge across the river linking Kayunga to Kamuli Districts.
“Let us take advantage of the power that will be poured on the grid not just to light our homes but to establish factories; they don’t have to be very big so that we can realise some revenue out of this added power,” Kiggundu said.
Kadaga however, was concerned that part of the contract was breached during the construction where there was inequitable distribution on jobs to the locals.
“We agreed that there should be a level of equity between Kayunga and Kamuli but I have never seen any staff bus go on the other side. I see them on this side. There was lack of equity in employment,” she said.
The Isimba Hydro Power project cost US$567 million with 85 percent funding from the Chinese government and 15 percent from Government of Uganda.
Isimba Hydro Power period ends on 31 March 2019 and it will be inter-connected to the Bujagali power dam 42 km away in Jinja.
///Parliament of Uganda