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UEGCL visits Isimba, warns on crack repairs

The Board of Directors of Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) has warned about none conformity to agreed repair methods for previously observed cracks at the Isimba Hydro Power Project.

The board made the observation Friday when they visited the Isimba Hydro Power Project site to assess the progress of the works.

“The Board has noted the progress so far made, but has also observed a few issues that have been brought to the Owner’s Engineer requiring urgent attention by the contractor if the project should stay on course,” said UEGCL Board Chairperson Eng. Proscovia Margaret Njuki.

“These include the absence of some much needed specialised expertise on site and the none conformity to agreed repair methods for previously observed cracks,” she added.

UEGCL is the government implementing agency for the flagship hydro-power projects of Karuma (600MW) and Isimba (183MW). These two projects, now over 50 per cent complete, are scheduled for commissioning in 2019 and 2018 respectively. O

In November 2016, UEGCL was granted full constract administration powers for the two government flagship hydro power projects. The board’s visit is part of the strategic guidance and overall direction to UEGCL in executing this mandate.

Construction at the 183 MW project commenced on April 30, 2015 and is expected to last for 40 calendar months. The project is at 22 months into its 40 month project duration representing 55% time progress. Physical progress of works (civil, hydro- mechanical and electromechanical) is estimated at 76% as at end of February 2017, while general concreting works are at approximately 88%.

The project cost is approximately $568 Million. According to the Owner’s Engineer (Energy Infratech), $225,788,825,78 has so far been paid to the EPC Contractor (China International Water and Electric Corporation), which represents financial progress at 40%.


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