The commissioning of the Karuma Hydropower plant is likely to be delayed by difficulties in acquiring land where transmissions lines will cross, officials have said.
Work on the 600MW hydro power plant is at about 70% and expected to be commissioned in December 2018.
However, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL), Mr Harrison Mutikanga, on Wednesday said the commission will delay as they have not fully acquired land from over 4,000 people who live along the transmission routes.
Electricity from Karuma is expected to be pass via Karuma -Kawanda [305 kms], Karuma-Olwiyo [60kms] and Karuma â€“Lira [80kms].
Mr Mutikanga said the unresolved land issues have slowed down construction works on the transmission routes.
However, he added that they are working with the Ministries of Energy, Finance and Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd to ensure that the land wrangles are rectified.
Mr Edward Mutesa, a UETCL official, said they are already six months behind schedule due to land disputes on the transmission. Mr Mutesa said 339 people on the transmission route are disputing the compensation rates given by the government chief valuer.
He highlighted that the biggest challenges lie on the Karuma-Kawanda, where same land titles are claimed by different land owners.
He said so far Shs30 billion has been paid in compensation.
Mr Mutesa expressed optimism that by April next year everyone will have been compensated.
Karuma power dam is being financed by both the government of Uganda and Exim Bank of China. The government of Uganda is contributing 15 per cent and while China is financing the other 85 per cent component.
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