The Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), has said Isimba Hydropower Dam is set for commissioning at the end of this month The revelation was made by Mr Simon Kasyate, the UEGCL Corporate Affairs’ Manager,
All the dam’s four Kaplan turbine generator units were running by Friday last week when UEGCL board of directors concluded their routine appraisal of the project.
The appraisal was led by the chairperson, Eng. Proscovia Njuki. “We have written to the President, inviting him for the commissioning of this project on January 24. We are still waiting for response from him,” Mr Kasyate said.
He said commercial production and trade of power from Isimba dam will begin in March.
“That is when our commercial rates and charges will be applicable,” he said.
In April 2015, China International Water & Electric Corporation under UEGCL’s supervision, commenced the construction of the $567.7million (Shs2.1 trillion) Isimba hydropower
Tests on the functionality of the generator units started in December last year with Unit 2 and subsequently the rest were carried out until last week.