Business
Karuma dam facing shortage of skilled manpower
Publish Date: Apr 23, 2014
Karuma dam facing shortage of skilled manpower
One of the two access tunnels for transporting materials under construction at the Karuma Hydro-Power Project in Kiryadongo district. PHOTO: Ayiga Ondoga
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Ayiga Ondoga

The contractor of the long-awaited Karuma hydropower dam has said the project is lacking electricians and skilled manpower to operate machines.

The deputy project manager, Liu Jianguo, said the shortage is straining the project because they have to train workers on the job.

“We have so far recruited 168 workers, both Chinese and Ugandan, out of the required manpower of 2,500 needed for the project,” he said.

The sh4.3 trillion (about $1.7b) 600Megawatt power project is being constructed by a Chinese firm, Sinohydro Corporation Ltd. Works on the project have commenced with construction of two big underground access tunnels and access roads on the site.

The project is funded 85% by a soft loan from Exim Bank procured by the Chinese firm, while Uganda will cater for the remaining 15% funding.

The two access tunnels measuring 1400 metres from upper stream to downstream will be used to transport materials, Jianguo said.

The tunnels will also enable work to go on without disturbing the flora and fauna of Murchision Falls Game Park, which surrounds the project area.

Jianguo observed that the construction of the water diversion tunnel is priority in order to complete the project within the time frame of five years.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
MTN tops most admired, valuable African Brand
MTN has again topped the Brand Africa 100® list as the most admired and most valuable African Brand. At over $5.4b, MTN is the only African brand valued over a billion dollars....
17 business personalities awarded American honorary doctorates
A group of 17 personalities with footprints in business and humanitarian circles, have been awarded honorary philosophy doctorates in humanities by an American institution, for positive transformation of society....
Egypt to offer projects to domestic, foreign investors
Egypt will offer a slew of projects to domestic and foreign investors at a conference in March aimed at kick-starting an economy battered by years of political unrest....
Students’ involvement in investment negotiations is key
University students have been urged to get involved in negotiations of trade, bilateral and investment agreements rather than leaving it to technocrats and politicians....
Practices to add to your daily business schedule
At the end of each day’s work, find time to identify three things that went well. Once you identify them, ask the critical question such as, “Why did ‘X’ go well?”...
Dubai insurer set for Uganda
The new firm will enter into strategic partnerships to oversee, design, and control processes of selected licensed brokers....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter