In a notice to the general public Tuesday, Ruth Nankabirwa, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development revealed that Plant was shut down on Monday August 8th 2022 following operational challenges that led to the flow of water into the power house.
Ministry of Energy's public notice
has shut down the 183MW Isimba Hydropower Plant in Kayunga District for three weeks.
a notice to the general public Tuesday, Ruth Nankabirwa, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development revealed that Plant
was shut down on August 8th 2022 following operational
challenges that led to the flow of water into the power house.
Shutdown was undertaken as a safety procedure to ensure safety of staff and protection
of the electro-mechanical equipment,” read part of the notice.
that, “The operator, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited – UEGCL is
undertaking appropriate measures to restore power production at Isimba
Hydropower Plant and we expect generation to resume within three weeks.”
Minister also indicated that the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited
is undertaking alternative measures to ensure continuity of electricity supply
that includes; importation of approximately 60 megawatts of power from neighboring
transmission company will also dispatch up to 50 megawatts of power from
Namanve Thermal Power Plant; dispatch of 20 megawats from the Kakira Power
Plant and optimization of the generation capacity of the available power plants
across the country.
Ministry has also suspended any planned and non-emergency outage permits, and
implementation of the load shedding to balance power demand and supply to
ensure the grid stability is achieved and sustained.
Nankanbirwa reassured the public that the sector is working to ensure the
situation is normalized as soon as possible.
Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station is a 183.2 megawatts
hydroelectric power station commissioned on 21 March 2019 in Uganda.
Construction of this dam began in April 2015 and was completed in January 2019.
Commercial operations began on 21 March 2019.
Uganda generates about 1,300 megawatts of electricity mostly from
hydropower plants built along the Nile River. Another large dam, Karuma
Hydropower Plant is being built by China’s Synohydro Corporation on the Nile is expected to
be commissioned later this year and will generate 600 megawatts.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.