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Technical support sought for O&M of Karuma and Isimba hydropower plants, Uganda

The 183 MW Isimba plant, which is located in the Kamuli District in the Eastern Region, about 40 km downstream of the 250 MW Bujagali station, was fully commissioned in March 2019. The 600 MW Karuma project at the Karuma Falls in Kiryandongo District in central Uganda, is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of this year.

The Uganda Electricity Generation Company (UEGCL) invites sealed bids by 19 October for the provision of technical support to operations and maintenance of the Karuma and Isimba hydropower plants on the Victoria Nile.

The two run-of-river projects have been developed and financed by China. Isimba was built by China International Water and Electric Company (CWE) under an EPC contract on behalf of the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) and is operated by UEGCL, the state-owned power producer. The low-head, run-of-river plant was built over six years at a cost of US$ 590 million, of which 85 per cent was financed by the Export-Import Bank of China, with the balance covered by the Government of Uganda. The US$ 1.7 billion Karuma project is being built by Sinohydro, also under an EPC contract on behalf of the MEMD, with 85 per cent of the financing again being provided by the Export-Import Bank of China. When commissioned, Karuma will be the country’s single largest powerplant, providing roughly 40 per cent of Uganda’s power supply.

Bidding documents may be purchased upon the submission of a written application to the address below with proof of payment of a non-refundable fee of US$ 200 to the account of UEGCL A/C No. 9030011177386 at Stanbic Bank.

For further information, and to inspect and collect bid documents for contract UEGCL/CONS/19-20/00438, contact: UEGCL, Block C, Victoria Office Park, Plot 6 – 9 Okot Close, Bukoto, PO Box 75831, Kampala, Uganda; Email:; Tel: +256 0312 372 165.