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Chinese begin work on Uganda's Isimba Falls hydropower plant

The China International Water & Electric Corporation broke ground on Uganda's 183-MW Isimba Falls hydropower plant early October.
China International Water Electric (CWE) has commenced construction work on the 183-megawatt Isimba Falls hydropower plant, situated on the Ugandan stretch of the White Nile approximately 40 kilometers downstream from the Bujagali Power Station.

The project is expected to increase Uganda's total installed electricity capacity by around 23 per cent, generating 1,039 gigawatt/hours of electricity annually at a rate of 68 cents per kilowatt/hour.

The project will feature four 45.8-megawatt Kaplan hydro turbines and will be connected to the Bujagali Power Station via a 132-kilovolt power transmission line.

Ugandan media reported in July that the contract for the construction of the hydropower plant had been awarded to China International Water and Electric Corporation, a Chinese state-owned power company under the aegis of the China Three Gorges Corporation.

The project is also being funded by Chinese parties, with the China Export and Import Bank, a state-owned entity, providing a concessional line for its construction.

Construction work on the project is scheduled to continue for 34 months, and upon completion Isimba Falls is set to be the fourth largest hydropower project in Uganda, following the 250-megawatt Bujagali power project, which commenced operation last year; and the 600-megawatt Karuma Dam and 600-megawatt Ayago power station.


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News date: 10/10/2013

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