Isimba is an 183.2MW hydro power project. It is located on Nile river/basin in Eastern, Uganda. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2013 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2018.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 183.2 183.2 Active Eastern, Uganda Uganda Electricity Generation


The project is developed and owned by Uganda Electricity Generation.

Isimba is a reservoir based project. The net head of the project is 15.1m. The project generated 1,039 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $567.7m.

The project has 4 electric generators installed at the site.

Development Status

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The project construction commenced in 2013 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2018.

Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project is sold to Umeme under a power purchase agreement.

Contractors Involved

China International Water & Electric was selected to render EPC services for the hydro power project.

Zhefu Holding Group was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 4 units of kaplan turbines, each with 45.8MW nameplate capacity.

Uganda Electricity Generation is the O&M contractor for the hydro power project.


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