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UEGCL warns Karuma Dam contractor on breach of quality standards
Karuma Hydro-Power Project Manager Karuma, Albert Byaruhanga admitted to the breach of standards and engineering specifications as required

Inside the Murchison park,  is a part of the 26km underground tunnels which will provide access to personnel and water to the six turbines.

Karuma power dam worth 1.4 bn USD (about 5 trillion USHS) is being financed by the government of Uganda and Exim Bank of China and costs. 

With the project in its 48th month, since it commenced in August 2013, the Physical progress of the works is currently estimated at  71%.

 

However, UEGCL’s Board of Directors who visited the site to assess the progress today had concerns over the quality issues with the Owners Engineer- Energy Infratech PVT Limited- and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor (Sinohydro).

The Managing director of Uganda electricity generation company limited Harrison Mutikanga said their main concern is on the design of the tunnel, concrete mix designs and workmanship.

The Chairperson Margaret Njuki said she did not expect the corrective work to delay the project.

Karuma Hydro- Power Project Manager Karuma, Albert Byaruhanga admitted to the breach of standards and engineering specifications and promised to have them worked on.

 

Byaruhanga said that if left unattended to, the breaches could create bigger problems in the future and could be harder to fix.

 

 

UEGCL anticipates completion of the project which sits in part of Oyam, Kiryandongo and Nwoya districts by December 2018 but the contractors are seeking an extension which has not yet been granted.