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General Narrative: The 600Mw Karuma HPP is located on the Nile River in Kyandongo District in mid-northern Uganda, 110km downstream of Lake Kyoga, and 270km from Kampala the Capital of Uganda..
Key Dates

  • 12th August 2013: Construction works launched by President Yoweri .K. Museveni
  • 16th December, 2013: Project Commencement Date

Implementing Agency

Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited


Sinohydro Corporation  Limited

Project Duration

60 months

Project Cost

U.S.D 1.7 Billion Dollars
Government of Uganda  - 15%
EXIM Bank (Loan China)  -  85%

Funding Agency

The People’s Republic of China

Owners Engineer

AF - Consult Switzerland Ltd

Project Management Consultant (PMC)




Expected Completion Date

December 2019

Project Status

The overall physical progress of Karuma HPP is estimated at 94.58% as at end of May, 2019 whereas the financial progress is estimated at 87.7% against a planned cash flow of 94.2%. Time progress is 64 months (88.8%) of the 72 months’ contract duration with the planned completion date due on 31st December 2019.

Civil Works

Dam, Spillways, and Intake structures 

Dam and Intake concrete works stand at 100% for dam blocks 1 ~ 16. Preparations for diversion works by joint inspections were carried out for structures prior to diversion and a number were approved and others delayed for rectification after diversion. Levelling of the downstream cofferdam was completed and filling of the stilling basin commenced on 6th April 2019. Removal of the upstream cofferdam commenced on 14th April with a scheduled time frame of 15 days ending 29th April and opening of the radial gates scheduled for 1st May 2019. All drainage hole were unclogged prior to filling of the intake connection pool, sand scour chute and stopping basin.

Excavations for the cable trench emanating from the switchyard to the dam switching room are also in progress

HRT, Powerhouse, Surge Chamber, TRT

The lining of the tailrace branch tunnels (TBTs) is at 100%. Major works included concrete defects repairs, joint inspections of TBT #1~#3. Final acceptance inspection of TBT #1~#4 is behind schedule as per PIS R10.

Overall concrete works in the tailrace surge chamber (TSC) stand at 98.1%.The major works included installation and second stage concreting of the right TSC gate rails, concrete defects repairs of the right TSC sidewalls and joint inspections in the tight TSC. 1st stage finishing works (plastering and repair works) are in progress in the Main Transformer Hall. GIS Floor has been handed over to Civil team to conduct repairs on the cracked plaster – and EPCC actively engaged to ensure protection of EM/HM equipment against damage and dust ingress. The leveling concrete of Turbine Floor (El.942.0m) is nearing completion.

The invert and overt lining for TRT is completed. Construction of stop log gate slot concrete, base plate of tail water pool, base plate of tail water pool concrete and slope protection concrete (including gate store room) are completed as well.

Electromechanical Works

The EM-HM works have progressed well during the month of May. Third stage river diversion is the major activity at dam &intake. The spillway gate 1 was opened with level of water at 1027m for testing and thereafter spillway radial gates 4and 5 commencing of testing of waterway systems. The major EM-HM works in the power house included the replacement of the FZ-2 bushing material in unit #2 with Deva BM 392 which was concluded during the month, the repairs of the Unit 6 stator burnt section and installation of the GIS buses at the GIL hall.

Transmission lines

400kV Karuma - Kawanda line

400kV Karuma - Olwiyo line

132kV Karuma - Lira line

All on-going by UETCL

Percentage of All works completed

Total overall completed work is at 94.58%