Karuma is a 600MW hydro power project. It is located on Nile river/basin in Western, Uganda. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in a single phase. The project construction commenced in 2013 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2023. Buy the profile here.

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The project was developed by Power Construction Corporation of China and Uganda Electricity Generation. The project is currently owned by Uganda Electricity Generation with a stake of 100%.

Karuma is a run-of-river project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 79.87 million cubic meter. The gross head and net head of the project are 70m and 59.83m respectively. The project generated 4,000 GWh of electricity.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 2013 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2023.

Contractors involved

Sinohydro was selected to render engineering procurement construction services for the hydro power project.

GE Renewable Energy was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 6 units of francis turbines, each with 600MW nameplate capacity.

GE Renewable Energy supplied 6 electric generators for the project.

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About Power Construction Corporation of China

Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina) is a state-owned construction company. It provides contracting, survey, and design services for water conservation, wind power, thermal power, hydropower projects, and power and infrastructure projects. PowerChina also manufactures power station auxiliary equipment and metal component products. The company offers engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services to hydropower, waterworks, thermal power, energy, and transmission and distribution projects. It carries out real estate, investment, and finance businesses, and provides operations and maintenance (O&M) services. The company executes construction projects in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. PowerChina is headquartered in Beijing, China.

About Uganda Electricity Generation

Uganda Electricity Generation Co Ltd is focused in power generation activities of the Uganda Electricity Board and other services. The company is headquartered in Kampala, Uganda.

This content was updated on 14 May 2024

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide from announcement through to operation across all technologies and countries worldwide.