Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) has named the new owner’s engineer for the Isimba (183 MW) hydropower project (HPP). The Owner’s Engineer is ARTELIA EAU and Environment- a French Company in association with KKATT Consult Uganda Limited. ARTELIA has got a rich global experience in supervising design and construction works for large hydropower developments with proven familiarity to deal with different contractual arrangements such as EPC and Design & Construct contracts (DCC). Whereas KKATT is a local company with a rich experience in hydropower, roads and oil and gas.
“We brought a new dimension in Uganda because the new OE for Isimba HPP is in a consortium of local firm, KKATT”, Dr. Harrison E. MUTIKANGA, CEO of UEGCL told journalists at the Company Head office in Kampala adding that, “this will also will increase the consulting capacity of our local engineers”.
The ARTELIA-KKATT consortium was announced to the local media during an event at the company headquarters in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb on Thursday 18 January 2018.
The installation of Hydro mechanical (turbines) and Electrical mechanical (transformers) equipment is expected to boost the progress of the 600MW Karuma HPP. The installation of these key components is scheduled to commence in May, 2018. Owner’s Engineer made this commitment during the Project Steering Committee’s 2-day visit to Karuma HPP from 28th December to 29th December 2017.
The seven man Project Steering Committee (PSC), led by its Chairperson Eng. Dr. Badru KIGGUNDU; was briefed on general project progress, challenges, update on cracks curing etc; during a meeting with the site team (comprising of Contractor, Owner’s Engineer, UEGCL and Ministry of Energy and Mineral development) before taking a guided tour of the site.
On Wednesday, 6th December, 2017, the Board of Directors led by the Board Chairperson, Eng. Proscovia Margaret NJUKI visited the Karuma Hydro Power Project. The Board noted the progress so far made but was also concerned with quality control issues on health and safety, non-conformity, inaccurate concrete mixtures, theft on site among others that were brought to the attention of the Owner’s Engineer and the EPC Contractor to avoid project delay.
As at 1st December, 2017, overall physical progress of works (dam, intake, surge chamber, Tailrace Tunnel, power house, Headrace Tunnel) is estimated at 71%.
Another major area of concern was the issue of Land acquisition delays associated with the Karuma Interconnection Project, which are feared to impact commissioning of the project.
The project is left with 12 months of the 60 months which represents 80% of the time progress.