Work on US$ 57m Uganda Isimba Hydropower Dam commences

17 October 2014

A hydropower dam

Preliminary works on Isimba Hydropower Dam that will add 183MW of power into Uganda’s national grid commenced last month, with construction scheduled for three years.

Construction of the Kayunga District-based dam will benefit from government’s counterpart funding of 15%, and a low-interest loan from the Chinese government, through Chinese Exim Bank.
The Isimba Hydropower Dam project will be set up on 37,000 acres of land in both Kayunga and Kamuli districts.

Those displaced as part of this initiative will be compensated by the government said Uganda Vice President Edward Kiwanuka. He said the government had paid out US$ 2.6m to those affected.

The project will also involve construction of a road across the Nile River and connecting Kayunga and Kamuli districts. Those whose land will be affected by the construction of this road have been compensated.

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