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UEGCL: We Won't Give Karuma, Isimba to Eskom :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UEGCL: We Won't Give Karuma, Isimba to Eskom

The Chief Executive Officer Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited UEGCL, Eng Harrison Mutikanga, says the operation of Karuma and Isimba hydro dam projects will not be rented to Eskom Uganda Limited EUL.
Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited boss Eng Harrison Mutikanga

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The Chief Executive Officer Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), Eng Harrison Mutikanga, says the operation of Karuma and Isimba hydro dam projects will not be rented to Eskom Uganda Limited (EUL).

 

EUL is a subsidiary company of Eskom Enterprises Limited, South Africa. It's the investment arm of Eskom Holdings Ltd which is owned by South Africa government. The company was awarded a concession to operate and maintain Nalubaale and Kiira Hydro Power stations in Jinja for 20 years.

 

Mutikanga says time has come for Uganda to take over operation and maintenance of hydro electricity generation dams. He says UEGCL sent over 30 engineers to China who are currently stationed at factories where Karuma and Isimba equipment are being manufactured.  He says these are the engineers who will be managing operation and maintenance of the two dams.

 

UEGCL is the government implementing agency for the flagship hydro power projects of Karuma (600MW) and Isimba (183MW). Isimba is scheduled for commissioning in 2018 and Karuma in 2019.

 

Mutikanga says engineers who had been trained by the Uganda Electricity Board (UEB) that was disbanded at the turn of the century retired necessitating training of a new breed of engineers.

 

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For Eskom to run the Karuma and Isimba plants, Mutikanga says it needs a generation licence. He says the generation licence for Karuma and Isimba is already with UEGCL.

 

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The operation and maintenance will be informed by benchmarking from Kenya's KenGen and other regional and continental utilities. The government owned KenGen is Kenya's largest power entity producing about 80% of the electricity consumed.

 

"The envisaged UEGCL operation and maintenance 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," reads the company operation plan for the two dams.

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