Entura to work on Uganda’s largest hydropower project

The Karuma Hydropower Project in Uganda.

Entura has been engaged by PowerChina Huadong to deliver hydropower advisory services for the 600MW Karuma Hydropower Project in northern Uganda.

The project includes a 314m-long diversion weir fitted with radial gates, six shafts and associated power tunnels leading to an underground power house containing six 100MW Francis turbines and two 8.6km-long tailrace tunnels.

When completed, it will be the largest power station in the country.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with PowerChina Huadong on this significant and complex project,” Entura managing director Tammy Chu said.

“We’re confident that our hydropower design expertise and knowledge of international standards, built up through the delivery of our own designs and review of other international projects, will improve the efficiency of the design approval process.”

PowerChina Huadong is the lead designer for the project and sister-company SinoHydro is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

Entura will assist PowerChina Huadong with managing a range of project stakeholders, undertaking design reviews, and advising on compliance with international standards.

“We’re pleased to welcome Entura to the Karuma project team,” PowerChina Huadong deputy design project manager Wu Haifeng said.

“Entura brings a wealth of expertise in hydropower design and international standards, which will make an invaluable contribution to the delivery of this landmark project for the people of Uganda.”

The Karuma Hydropower Project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.