After nearly a year of restoration, Sinohydro Corporation Limited has turned over the Nalubaale Hydro Power Dam to Eskom Uganda Ltd.
The Shs 11.6 billion project was launched to fix a leak on the main dam caused by the deterioration of the grout curtain, which allowed water to flow into the dam structure.
Thozama Gangi, managing director of Eskom Uganda, who officiated during the project handover, said the rehabilitation was done to improve the structural and functional integrity of the dam by minimizing water leakages caused by fractures that developed over time.
“By completing a successful project, we have made greater headway in repairing the fissures that threatened the power plant. I want to express my gratitude to the project team for their outstanding efforts,” Gangi remarked.
The Nalubaale Power Dam, which was last updated in 1999, is expected to last for more than 20 years, according to the power generators.
However, high water levels in Lake Victoria continue to pose a problem for the dam, which has kept the technical team there.
Nalubaale hydropower dam, originally known as Owen Falls Dam, was built in 1954 and has a generation capacity of 180 megawatts, making it Uganda’s oldest power facility.