Members of Parliament sitting on the Natural Resources committee have expressed dismay at the state of disrepair at the Nalubaale and Kiira hydro power complex. The two dams are operated by ESCOM, a private firm which signed a Concession and Assignment Agreement CAA with the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited UEGCL.
Eskom Operations Manager Peter Tentena says that the nine flood gates can release up to one million cubic meters of water per second for every hour if let open at once. He however hastens to add that this cannot stop the production of electricity or affect the supply of water in Jinja and others parts.
Peter Tentena, the Eskom Operations manager, says the flood gates are ready and will be tested early next month. Each of the three flood gates at Nalubale dam can spill 215 cubic meters of water per second while those at Kiira dam can spill 1000 cubic meters.
Concerns have continued to grow over the capacity of the 58 year old Nalubaale Bridge, which also hosts a hydroelectric power dam in Jinja. Many observers including experts say that the facility has outlived its lifespan meaning a possible breakdown is imminent.