Isimba Power Station

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Isimba Power Station
Isimba Power Station is located in Uganda
Isimba Power Station
Map of Uganda showing the location of Isimba.
Country Uganda
Location Isimba, Kamuli District
Coordinates 00°49′21″N 33°01′55″E / 0.82250°N 33.03194°E / 0.82250; 33.03194Coordinates: 00°49′21″N 33°01′55″E / 0.82250°N 33.03194°E / 0.82250; 33.03194
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 1,039GWh

Isimba 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 40 kilometres (25 mi) downstream of Bujagali 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]

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.[7] The generation capacity had been increased to 183.2 megawatts.[7] Construction is expected to last 34 months.[7]

Construction costs[edit]

The total project cost was originally estimated at US $350 million, including the construction of the 132 kilovolt[citation needed] power transmission lines connecting the new power station to the national power grid at Bujagali Power Station. In 2008, the Ugandan Government secured a loan from Exim Bank of India to fund the construction.[8] In April 2013, Ugandan print media reported that the government of India had extended a credit line worth US $415 for construction of the dam.[9]

In July 2013, media reports indicated that the cost of the dam had risen to US $570 million, funded by a loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.[10][11][12] In March 2015, the Ugandan Parliament authorized the Ugandan government to borrow US$482.5 million (about UShs1.4 trillion) from China Exim Bank at 2% 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 $589.5 million.[13][14]

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. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (18 May 2009). "Uganda: German Firm Gets Sh8 Billion Isimba Power Deal". New Vision via 
  3. ^ Tajuba, Paul (28 July 2013). "Government Awards Chinese Company Isimba Hydropower Project". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved May 2014. 
  4. ^ Musingo, Doreen (23 October 2011). "Government To Build Power Dam In Kamuli District". New Vision. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Approximate Distance Between Bujagali Power Station And Isimba Power Station With Map". Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Norplan, . (3 March 2010). "Norplan Consortium Signs Contract for The Isimba Hydro Power Project In Uganda". © Copyright Norplan AS 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Howe, Marc (10 October 2013). "Chinese Begin Work On Uganda’s $500M Hydropower Plant". Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "India Gives $350m for Isimba Dam". ESI Africa Magazine (South Africa). 30 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Kulabako, Faridah (22 April 2013). "India To Give Shs1.1 Trillion for Isimba Hydro Plant". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Bwambale, Taddeo (30 July 2013). "Uganda Awards Another Hydro-electric Project To Chinese Firm". New Vision. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Staff Reporter, China (5 August 2014). "Chinese To Fund And Build Uganda's Isimba Hydroelectric Dam". Asian-Power.Com. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Vision Reporter, . (7 August 2014). "Isimba Dam Construction Commences". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  13. ^ Nelson Wesonga, and Yasiin Mugerwa (15 March 2015). "Parliament Okays UShs1.4 Trillion Loan for Isimba Hydropower Deal". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Company Press Release, . (7 October 2013). "CWE Starts Construction On Isimba Hydro Power Project In Uganda". Retrieved 31 May 2015. 

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