Karuma Supplies 40MW to The National Grid
The 600MW Karuma Hydropower Project is nearing completion after having successfully synchronized Unit No. 1 of six to the national grid and added 40 megawatts to the national grid.
On Wednesday 23 rd March 2023 at 16:14 hours, Unit no.1 of 6 at the 600MW Karuma Hydropower Plant was successfully synchronized to the national grid. This milestone marks the start of power generation at the soon-to-be-commissioned plant.
The synchronization was witnessed by teams from UEGCL, Sinohydro Corporation Ltd, AFRY (Owners Engineers), and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
Karuma HPP is made up of six units, each with an installed capacity of 100MW giving a total of 600MW when all units are operating at full capacity.
Hon. Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa – Minister of Energy confirmed that after the successful exercise, it is now proof that Karuma HPP can pull power and bring it to the substations without hiccups.
“WE did the test successfully and we saw electricity on the grid, which is historic for us.” Said Enock Kusasira – Head of Communication and Corporate Affairs, UEGCL.
The commissioning of Karuma HPP will be a unit-by-unit exercise.