The completion ceremony of the Isimba Hydropower Project undertaken by CWE was inaugurated on March 21st, 2019 with presence of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zheng Zhuqiang, Chinese Economic and Commercial Counsellor to Uganda Zhao Xiufeng, Ugandan Minister of Energy and Mineral Development Irene Muloni, representative of Chinese EXIM bank Zhao Yan, CWE vice president Jiang Shouguo and other more than 400 local government officials.
President Museveni made an important speech, in which he extended his affirmation and praise to CWE’s outstanding performance. He noted that the completion of the Isimba project would increase national electricity supply dramatically and decrease electrical tariff, ensuring Ugandan future industrial development. He expressed his gratitude to Chinese government for its financing support through the EXIM bank of China and welcomed CWE to further participate in hydropower development in Uganda.
Ambassador Zheng Zhuqiang gave his earnest congratulations on the successful completion of the Isimba hydropower project. His excellency called this project one of the fruits produced from the China-Africa Co-operation Forum and the Belt and Road Initiative, and believed that more achievements would be made in Uganda and Africa by joint efforts of China and Uganda at the Eight Major Initiatives adopted in Beijing Summit of China-Africa Co-operation Forum and the Belt and Road Initiative.
Hon. Irene Muloni highly praised the Isimba Hydropower Project, conveyed her thanks to the Chinese government, the EXIM Bank of China, and CWE for their contributions at the project, and expressed expectations on the socio-economic and environmental benefits brought by this project.
Jiang Shouguo, on behalf of CWE, expressed sincere thanks to all participators of the project and said that the successful Isimba project would provide technical talents for the following hydropower development, propel sustainable social and economic development, deepen China-Uganda bilateral cooperation, and promote cooperation on development of the large watershed.
Before the ceremony, President Museveni visited the dam and powerhouse, unveiled the project plaque, cut the ribbon together with Chinese Ambassador, and planted a Sino-Ugandan friendship tree. In the central control room, President personally set all four turbines into full swing, announcing the successful completion of the Isimba Project and taking the lead to applause excitedly.
At the ceremony, President Museveni conferred awards of “Outstanding Employees” to the project staff with great contributions. CWE’s project representative Wang Yongtian and the assistant project manager Li Hongxu were awarded the honor.
Over 5000 people gathered at the ceremony, including representatives of construction partners and Chinese companies in Uganda, local residents, and media reporters. Among whom, there were more than 3000 local people. Performances, like Chinese songs Jasmine and Little Apple, were given by local troupes. The ceremony was reported by the mainstream media of Uganda as well as China’s CCTV and Xinhua News Agency.
Constructed by CWE on an EPC basis with a total installed capacity of 183.2MW and annual average generation of 1.039 billion kWh, the Isimba Hydropower Project is mainly composed of a powerhouse, a spillway, two gravity dam sections, rock-fill dam sections on both banks, and associated transmission lines. Upon the completion of the project, the national power installation of Uganda will increase by 19% and the annual power generation by 1/5, effectively alleviating power shortage in Uganda and even allowing power exportation to neighboring countries.
(Translator: Sun Weibo, Proofreader: Ma Li)