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General Narrative The 600Mw Karuma HPP is located on the Nile River in Kyandongo 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 92% against the time spent of 84.7%. The percentage of work by category translates to 73.14% for civil works, 1.91% for Hydro Mechanical and 15.95% for Electro-mechanical).

Civil Works

Dam, Spillways, and Intake structures
Dam and Intake concrete works stand are complete. The ongoing works include;
– Installation of the pontoons for the floating trash rack as well as plaster repairs on the radial gate hoist rooms.
– Slope protection works are also ongoing adjacent to intake #1 and downstream of dam block #4 with riprap in preparation for third stage diversion.
– Installation of instrumentation and monitoring equipment e.g. joint meters along with continued monitoring for water level, stress and strain, and temperature and piezo metric tube water level.
Rip Pap protection Works have been halted due to the absence of a filter layer as well as non-conformance to the specifications with regards to sizes of boulders to be used as rip rap.

HRT, Powerhouse, Surge Chamber, TBT
The construction of HRTs and TBTs is complete. Joint inspections for defects repair in the LHS TSC have been completed. Concrete works in the Powerhouse stand at 76.1%, Concrete works in the Main Transformer Cavern (MTC) stand at 95.6% while, Overall concrete works in the tailrace surge chamber (TSC) stand at over 90%.

Electromechanical Works

The major EM-HM works at the Dam and Intake were installation of intake boom log which was completed. The major EM-HM works in power house were; lowering of rotor and complete runout test for unit 1, replacement of FZ2 bushing material to Deva BM 392 material in unit 3.

Achievements realized during the month include;
– Completion of Rotor assembly works and shaft alignment of unit 1.
– Delivery and Placement of GSU#4 Transformer into MTC

Transmission line

Transmission Line on-going by UETCL

Percentage of All works completed

Total overall completed work is at 92%