Rains disrupt commissioning of Isimba power dam

The Minsietr of Energy and Minerals Irene Muloni was forced to cut short her speech during the commissioning of the 183.2MW Isimba hydropower dam in Kayunga district as a heavy afternoon downpour forced guests to scamper for dear life.

Winds threatened to pull down the tents, many were forced off their seats while Muloni who had persisted on with her speech under an umbrella gave up after about five minutes and ran to take shelter in the VIP tent.

President Yoweri Museveni commissioned Uganda’s third largest power dam that has increased the country’s electricity from the current 984MW to 1,167MW.

“I would like to thank the Government of the People’s Republic of China for giving us a soft loan for the construction of Isimba  and also supporting us in other projects like Karuma hydro power dam, Entebbe Express Highway among other projects,” Museveni said.

President Yoweri Museveni (with a hat) cuts a ribbon to commission Isimba dam

Karuma power dam is expected to be commissioned later this year, adding an extra 783MW to the national power grid and lower the cost of power to at least $5cents for manufacturers.

In the long term, Museveni said, this will boost the industrial sector to create sustainable jobs for Uganda’s young generation.

“Through Uganda Development Bank, we will provide loans at a lower rate to manufacturers, farmers, hotel owners,” Museveni said.

Construction of Isimba power dam was launched on April 30, 2013. It has four vertical Kaplan turbine generator units with a capacity of 45.8MW per unit.

The dam is expected to bridge the gap of electricity consumption and bring down the exorbitant power costs that continue to cause an outcry while keeping most consumers at bay.