The Minister of Energy, Dr. Mary Goretti Kitutu has said government will not allow another deadline extension of the Karuma hydropower project.
The completion date for the 600MW project has been extended three times, first December 16, 2018, then December 31, 2019. This year it was moved from September 2020 to November 2020.
During a tour of the project site in Kiryandongo District last Friday, Dr. Kitutu told the contractor, Sinohydro Corporation Ltd, and the government management agency, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) that government has run out of patience over the completion of the project.
“I am tasking the teams to work so hard to ensure that they deliver in November without fail because this project has already been extended twice and this would be the third time. Besides, the government does not have any more funds to inject into the project,” she added.
“By all means, the two parties have to ensure that they deliver the project, not beyond November, the deadline. At 97 percent, you cannot tell me that you cannot fix the three percent before November or want more time,” Dr. Kitutu added.
Eng. Gilbert Kimanzi, the UEGCL board chairman, assured the Minister that UEGCL had agreed with the contractor to hand over the project to government in November and then sort out the remaining issues on site.