Pictorial: Karuma Hydro Power Project Taking Shape

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The government of Uganda is undertaking the construction of the largest hydroelectricity dam at Karuma, in Kiryandongo district. The USD 1.7 billion project is funded by Export and Import (EXIM) Bank of China and implemented by China's Sino Hydro Power Company.

The plant is divided into six major components namely a dam section, power intake unit, powerhouse, transformer cavern, surge chamber, pressure shafts, cable shaft and two tail-race tunnels for returning water circulating through the turbines back to the river.

Simon Kasyate, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Uganda Electricity Generation Company -UEGCL, took URN through a guided tour of the dam.
 
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The plant will generate 600 megawatts of hydroelectricity upon completion. Technically known as a run-of-river plant, the facility is expected to be commissioned on December 16, 2018.

In April 2016, the construction suffered four months long delays after cracks emerged in its only dam. Kasyate says major repairs employing internationally recommended procedures were undertaken to remedy the situation and prevent further cracking.
 
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Kasyate says internationally approved mechanism for repairing the cracks were immediately employed to eliminate the cracks.
 
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Since construction resumed in August last year, no more project threatening cracks have been observed. Kasyate says an ice plant has been incorporated in the civil works for mixing the concrete under international standards.
 
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There is a network of underground road tunnels measuring 26 Kilometers. The project employs some 5,000 Uganda and 1,000 Chinese expatriates from the Sino Hydro Power Company undertaking the works.  Follow the pictures to learn more about the civil engineering works as captured by Peter Labeja.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a journalist for ten years. During this period, Peter Labeja has investigated and reported on post conflict issues related to land rights of under privileged, resettlement of internally displaced persons and access to services in the aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

“The thin line between environment and human survival in a changing climate challenges me to do robust coverage of this beat” Labeja said. In 2013, Labeja won prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at UN’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. His journalism spans national and international boundaries.

Labeja previously worked with The Vision Group for four years and later became URN staff member in 2014. He is currently the bureau chief in charge of West Acholi -Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts. His major interests are in environment and natural resource, human rights and access to justice, security, agriculture and governance.

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The Power Intake Consisting of Six Inlet Valves Through Which Water Will Enter The Plant And Subsequently The Turbines.
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Simon Kasyate on Karuma Dam Project Eng
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The Inlet Valves Through Which Water Will Plunge Through a 100 Meter Depth To Pick Velocity and Drive The Generation Turbines To Produce Power
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Simon Kasyate Explains The Cracks That Manifested In Karuma Eng
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Illustration of Karuma Hydro Power Project
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Simon Kasyate Explains How The Cracks Were Repaired Eng
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A Giant Signage Introducing The Hydro Power Project To Visitors.
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Simon Kasyate Explains Remedies For Cracking Eng
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The Turbines Will Each Generate 100 MW of Electricity When Completed
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The Turbine Undergoing Assembly Under Ground
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The Head of The Turbine Undergoing Assembly Underground
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Heavy Earth Moving Equipment Being Used Underground in The Tunnels
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More Pictures Of The Power House Showing Metal Framework Used In Construction
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Cross Sections Of the 100 MW Turbine Units Undergoing Assembly From Underground.
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The Six Turbines Will Feed High Speed Flowing Water Into Two Tailrace Tunnels of more than 8,600 Meter Length.
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The Wall of The Power House Under Construction
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A Welding Plant Generator Being Used Underground in The Construction and Lighting The Tunnels
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Cross Section of A Tunnel
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The Plastic Oxygen Tubes Supplying Oxygen To The Tunnels
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The Wall of The Power House Under Construction
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The Wall Of The Power House Showing Casting With Cement
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The Two Tailrace Tunnels Will Return High Speed Flowing Water To The River Through This Point Located About 8 Kilometers Downstream From Karuma Bridge
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Tunnel Being Constructed Near The Power House
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Tunnels Are Aerated By Giant Yello Oxygen Tubes To Prevent Construction Workers Suffocating
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Tunnel Leading To The Power House
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