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General Narrative: The 600Mw Karuma HPP is located on the Nile River in Kiryandongo 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 works is estimated at 94.9% There is a significant improvement in the installation of E-M Works. The civil works are substantially complete with the exception of the construction of Dam blocks #17-21 which commenced in June 2019 following 3rd stage river diversion.

Civil Works

Dam, Spillways, and Intake structures 

Dam and Intake concrete works stand at 100% for dam blocks 1 ~ 16. Blasting and excavation work for blocks #17 ~ 21 and preliminary foundation works entailing placement of cushion concrete for dam blocks #17 and 18 has commenced.

Foundation construction was completed and the assembly of the tower crane on the right bank was also initiated in the month of June.

Rock backfill activities are also ongoing at the intake along with the construction of a drainage system adjacent to the viewing platform

HRT, Powerhouse, Surge Chamber, TRT

Tailrace Surge Chamber

Overall concrete works in the tailrace surge chamber (TSC) stand at 99%. The major works included painting of the draft tube maintenance gates #4~#6, concrete defect repairs of the right TSC and joint inspections in the right TSC.

Head Race Tunne

Major works included concrete defects repair and joint inspection in HRTs 4# ~ 6#.


Major works included blockwork and decoration i.e. plastering, puttying and painting.

Main Transformer Cavern

Defective plasterwork in the transformer hall and GIS hall was stripped. Repair of the defective plaster is ongoing in the GIS hall but is yet to commence in the transformer hall.

Electromechanical and Hydromechanical Works

The EM-HM works progressed well during the month of June. The major EM-HM works in the powerhouse included the commissioning of the low and medium compressed air system, 11kV system in the switchyard 

Achievements realized during the month include;

  1. Commissioning of low and medium compressed air system in the auxiliary powerhouse.
  2. Barring and Alignment of Unit 5 complete
  3. Commissioning of the 11kV system at the switchyard

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 94.9%