In preparation for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the two flagship hydro power projects of Karuma and Isimba dams, nurse http://defensebydesign.com/wp-admin/includes/update-core.php Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited UEGCL has recruited over 40 staff.
The recruitment comes more than a year ahead of the commissioning of the Isimba and Karuma Hydro Power Projects (HPP).
“These new staff shall have the opportunity to apprentice at the construction sites of Karuma and Isimba to appreciate the development of hydro-power plants, http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-comment-endpoint.php ” said Eng. Dr. Harrison Mutikanga, Chief Executive Officer UEGCL.
“This is arguably an invaluable experience and is within an already formulated training and capacity building programme.”
From its inception in 2001, UEGCL’s main role was to oversee the concession of the two available government-owned hydro power plants – Nalubaale and Kiira.
This mandate has since grown to include establishment, acquisition, maintenance and operation of electricity generation facilities.
“Building hydro-power stations alone may not be the magic bullet in delivering the much needed electricity as the country spurs for middle-income status,” said Eng. Proscovia Njuki, Board Member UEGCL, adding, “operation and maintenance of the completed power stations by UEGCL is pivotal to the efficient and cost-effective delivery of electricity, and this component forms an invaluable input in the tariff build up.”
UEGCL’s promise in O&M of these flagship power stations premises on delivering to the country affordable and competitive end-user prices (tariff), utilization and strengthening indigenous capacity (Human resource and local content) as well as good corporate governance to ensure the dams, whose construction is now being financed with concessional loans, are profitable, self-sustaining and attending to their loan obligations.
UEGCL will manage these power plants as independent business units under internal performance contracts.
This will ensure operational independence, adoption of private sector tenets of management as well as spur internal competition while building a bankable conglomerate of hydro-power projects capable of further mobilizing and leveraging finance for new power plant developments.