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.
The 183(MW) Isimba Hydropower project is located along the River Nile. At Isimba, the river splits into two branches; the left and right river channels joining through Koova Island. Various project structures and components span across the left river channel, Koova Island, and on the right river channel correspondingly. This is justified by the fact that the river flows in the northern direction.