600MW Karuma Hydropower Plant now fully commissioned in Uganda

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  • Uganda has now fully commissioned the last unit of six turbines at the Chinese-built Karuma Hydropower Plant and synchronized it on the national grid, the country’s electricity generation agency said.  
  • The power plant, constructed both on the surface and underground below the River Nile in northern Uganda, is expected to generate 600 MW, with each turbine generating 100 MW, according to the Ministry of Energy.

The Karuma Hydropower Plant is one of Uganda’s flagship projects financed by the Export-Import Bank of China, which financed 85 percent of the project and the remaining 15 percent was from the Ugandan government.

The plant, according to experts, is critical in meeting the East African country’s increasing electricity demand in efforts to accelerate industrialization.

Karuma is the second power plant financed by China after the 183 MW Isimba Hydropower Plant commissioned in 2019.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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