Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station

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Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station
Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station is located in Uganda
Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station
Map of Uganda showing the location of Isimba.
Country Uganda
Location Isimba, Kamuli District
Coordinates 00°47′30″N 33°02′11″E / 0.79167°N 33.03639°E / 0.79167; 33.03639Coordinates: 00°47′30″N 33°02′11″E / 0.79167°N 33.03639°E / 0.79167; 33.03639
Purpose Power
Status Under construction
Opening date 2016 (Expected)[1]
Construction cost US$590 million
Dam and spillways
Impounds Victoria Nile
Power station
Turbines 4 x 45.8 MW
Installed capacity 183.2 MW
Annual generation 1,039 GWh

Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station is a 183.2 megawatts (245,700 hp) hydroelectric power project under construction in Uganda.[2][3]


The power station is located at the village of Isimba on the Victoria Nile, in Kamuli District.[4] This is approximately 44 kilometres (27 mi), by road, north of the Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Station.[5]


The contract for a feasibility study and preparation of tender documents, worth US $3.8 million, was awarded to a consortium consisting of the engineering firms Fichtner (lead) and Norplan.[6] A local Ugandan company, Kagga & Partners, was a sub-consultant to the consortium.[6] Initial planned capacity at Isimba was to be at least 100 megawatts (130,000 hp).[6][7]

In July 2013, Ugandan media reported that the construction contract had been awarded to the China International Water & Electric Corporation, a Chinese government-owned power company.[8] The generation capacity had been increased to 183.2 megawatts.[8] Construction is expected to last 34 months.[8]

Construction costs[edit]

The total project cost was originally estimated at US $350 million. In 2008, the Ugandan government secured a loan from Exim Bank of India to fund the construction.[9] In April 2013, Ugandan print media reported that the government of India had extended a credit line worth US $450 million (about UGX:1.1 trillion) for construction of the dam.[10]

In July 2013, media reports indicated that the cost of the dam had risen to US $570 million (about UGX:1.4 trillion), funded by a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.[11][12][13] In March 2015, the Ugandan Parliament authorized the Ugandan government to borrow US$482.5 million (about UGX:1.4 trillion) from China Exim Bank at 2 percent annual interest repayable over 20 years, with a five-year grace period. Uganda will contribute the remaining US$107 million to the project, for a total cost of US$589.5 million.[14][15] A new 132 kilovolt transmission line will be constructed to evacuate the generated power and integrate it into the national grid at the Bujagali Power Station.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Masaba, Yusuf (20 February 2015). "Isimba hydro plant to start power generation in 2016". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  2. ^ PTC (15 March 2016). "Isimba Hydropower Project, Uganda". (PTC). Retrieved 15 March 2016. [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ Tajuba, Paul (28 July 2013). "Govt awards Chinese company Isimba Hydropower project". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved May 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Musingo, Doreen (23 October 2011). "Government plans to build power dam in Kamuli District". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  5. ^ GFC (12 April 2016). "Distance between Bujagali Hydropower Plant, Buikwe, Central Region, Uganda and Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station, Ntenjeru, Central Region, Uganda". (GFC). Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Norplan (3 March 2010). "Norplan consortium signs contract for the Isimba hydro power project in Uganda". Norplan AS 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (18 May 2009). "Uganda: German Firm Gets Sh8 Billion Isimba Power Deal". New Vision via Kampala. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Howe, Marc (10 October 2013). "Chinese Begin Work On Uganda's $500M Hydropower Plant". Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "India Gives $350m for Isimba Dam". ESI Africa Magazine (South Africa). 30 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Kulabako, Faridah (22 April 2013). "India to give Shs1.1t for Isimba hydro plant". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Bwambale, Taddeo (30 July 2013). "Uganda awards another hydro-electric project to Chinese firm". New Vision. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Staff Reporter, China (5 August 2013). "Chinese to fund and build Uganda's Isimba hydroelectric dam". Asian-Power.Com. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  13. ^ Vision Reporter (7 August 2014). "Isimba Dam construction commences". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Nelson Wesonga, and Yasiin Mugerwa (15 March 2015). "Parliament okays Shs1.4 trillion loan for Isimba hydropower deal". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Company Press Release (7 October 2013). "CWE starts construction on Isimba hydro power project in Uganda". Retrieved 31 May 2015. [unreliable source?]
  16. ^ Kiwuuwa, Paul (6 March 2015). "Government seeks approval for Sh1.3 trillion loan". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 

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