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Karuma Interconnection Project


Our Role

SMEC undertook detailed studies of the grid development plan and several alternative transmission lines (at 400 kV, 132 kV and 33 kV) as well as Environmental Impact Assessments and Resettlement Action Plans.

Project Overview

This project is part of the Government of Uganda’s long-term power generation development strategy. Construction of transmission lines was required to transmit power from the Karuma Hydropower Station to various load centres (Adjumani, Entebbe, Jinja, Kampala, Olwiyo, Packwach and Tororo), and the rest of Uganda.

The project was undertaken in two phases.

Phase 1 comprised: the review of existing plans, studies and load forecasts; assessment of Uganda’s energy needs and export potential; development of a demand and supply balance; and establishment of the timing of power plants.

Phase 2 comprised: the technical and financial feasibility study; voltage and conductor selection for the proposed lines; power system and stability analysis; line route selection; geotechnical surveys; financial and economic analyses; and the preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP).

Location:
Uganda
Technical Area:
Energy


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