President Yoweri Museveni delivered a new year address to the nation, directing government agencies to clear the way for construction of the 250-MW Karuma hydroelectric project on the Nile River.
Museveni, who has been promoting Karuma as the next big project after the 250-MW Bujagali hydro project being built on the Victoria Nile (HNN 1/9/08), was quoted by local media again advancing the project. (HNN 10/17/07)
The Uganda president directed the ministries of Energy and Finance to commence fast-track development of Karuma in 2008. He said completion of the two hydro projects is a key objective for industrialization and transformation of the Uganda economy.
Junior Energy Minister Simon D’ujanga was quoted saying Karuma will not experience many of the financial and environmental delays that had stalled Bujagali. He noted US$100 million that had been lent to Bujagali Energy Ltd. to commence Bujagali had been repaid and could be recommitted to Karuma.
Museveni also said the 100-MW Isimba hydroelectric project would be built in the medium term and that, in the long term, 304-MW Ayago North, 200-MW Ayago South, and 300-MW Uhuru hydro projects are to be built. (HNN 2/5/07)