Vision:
Be the leading power producer in the Great Lakes Region
Mission:
Sustainably generate Reliable, quality and affordable Electricity for Socio- Economic Development
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    Isimba Hydro Power Project (IHPP)

    The 183MW Isimba Hydro Power Project (HPP) is located downstream of Simba Falls on the River Nile Approx 50Km downstream of the source of Nile.

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    Nalubaale Hydro Power Station

    The Nalubaale HPS , formerly known as Owen Falls Dam, is a hydroelectric power station across the White Nile near to its source at Lake Victoria

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    Karuma Hydro Power Project

    Project Manager Karuma, Albert Byaruhanga (R) takes Board chairperson Eng P.M.NJUKI on a guided tour of Karuma HPP.

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    Karuma Hydro Power Project

    Some of the employees at the power project inclusive of engineers of different levels and project managers.

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    Steel Works at Karuma HPP

    Steel works in the power house section of the Karuma Dam project

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UEGCL (Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited) is a body corporate, incorporated under the Companies’ Act (Cap 110), the Laws of Uganda and in conformity with the Electricity Act, 1999. The company was incorporated in March 2001 to operate and maintain the formerly UEB’s Generation Stations at Nalubaale and Kiira Power Stations, and to complete the construction of Kiira Power Station.

MAJOR POWER PLANTS

Kiira Power Station
The 200MW Kiira Power Station is located in Kimaka, Jinja District in Eastern Central Uganda, also known as Owen Falls Extension.

Nalubaale Power Station
The 180MW Nalubaale Power Station formerly called Owen falls dam is located along River Nile in Jinja District. The power station is operated and maintained by Eskom Uganda Limited under UEGCL contract.

Karuma Hydro Power Station
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

Isimba Hydro Power Station
The 183MW Isimba HPP is located 4km downstream of Simba Falls on the River Nile, approximately 50km downstream off the source of Nile

Muzizi Hydro Power Station
The 44.7MW Muzizi HPP is located along Muzizi River in the District of Kibaale. It's foot prints however extends to Kabarole, Kyenjojo and Ntooroko districts in the western part of Uganda

 

UEGCL is the government implementing agency for the flagship hydro power projects of Karuma (600MW) and Isimba (183MW). These two projects, now about 30% complete, are scheduled for commissioning in 2019 and 2018 respectively. Others in line of development in the short to medium term include Ayago (840MW), Muzizi (44.7 MW) and Nyagak III (5.5 MW).
UEGCL is also currently in the process of securing funding for feasibility studies to develop other small hydropower stations across the country at Okulacere (6.5MW), Latoro (4.2MW), Agbinika (2MW) and Maziba (1MW).

Building hydropower stations alone may not be the magic bullet in delivering the much-needed electricity as the country spurs for middle-income status as cognisance has to be given to the operations and maintenance. This component is pivotal to the efficient and cost-effective delivery of electricity and forms an invaluable input in the tariff build-up.
It is in this context that as a proactive move, UEGCL is readying to assume the critical function of operation and maintenance (O&M) with a vision to be ‘the leading power producer in the Great Lakes region’.

This O&M regime premises on delivering to the country affordable and competitive end-user prices (tariff), utilise and strengthen indigenous capacity (local content) as well as good corporate governance to ensure that the projects, now financed with concessional loans, are profitable, self-sustaining and attending to their loan obligations.
The UEGCL O&M model has been approved by the board and shared with the ministry of energy and mineral development, and is in line with the aspirations of the National Development Plan NDP II and Vision 2040. The model was also largely informed by benchmarking from Kenya’s KenGen and other regional and continental utilities.

The envisaged UEGCL O&M business model will focus on attaining the goal of efficiency and financial sustainability through operating on sound business principles, while also ensuring the posterity of the assets. UEGCL, working as the asset holder, will manage the various power plants as independent business units under internal performance contracts.
This will allow for operational independence, adoption of private sector tenets of management guided by clear targets, lower tariffs through efficiency gains and help build a bankable conglomerate of hydropower projects capable of further mobilizing and leveraging finance for new power plant developments. Furthermore, the model will promote internal competition and benchmarking of the various plants.

So, one will ask, what has UEGCL done so far in this regard? Well, staff recruitment is one of the ‘ticked boxes’.
O&M staff have been recruited by UEGCL, and these have already been catered for within the national budget for 2016/17 financial year. These new staff shall have the opportunity to apprentice at the construction sites of Karuma and Isimba to appreciate the development of hydropower plants while being present as the hydro-mechanical and electro-mechanical components of the plants are fitted and tested by the contractors and equipment suppliers.

This is arguably an invaluable experience. This shall be within an already formulated training and capacity building programme. So, as the dams get a life, there should be no second guessing on whether there is local capacity for operating and maintaining them. Like with other government body corporates doing a commendable job in delivering on their mandates, UEGCL is leaving no stone unturned to rise to this challenge.

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