Eskom to spend Shs640m on dam inspection

Thursday April 26 2012

By Monitor Reporter


Eskom Uganda will spend Shs640 million (£160,000) on an underwater inspection of the Nalubaale Dam in Jinja.

According to a communication received by Daily Monitor, yesterday, the inspection is part of a routine ‘maintenance’ to help determine the status of the dam for the company to undertake major repair work.

“We shall be looking out for cracks on the walls of the dam, which must be filled to prevent leakage into the metals that form the power production plant,” said Mr Fredrick Wasike, the Interface Uganda contractor.

Eskom contracted Interface Uganda in conjunction with BridgeZone (UK) to carry out the underwater inspection of the structure. The inspection will involve a crane, which will occupy part of the road and will be used to let divers into the water with machines that will include cameras.

Motorists commuting along the Kampala-Jinja Highway shall be inconvenienced for six hours over the two days. The Nalubaale Dam holds both the bridge and the roadway that links Eastern Uganda to Kampala. Underwater inspection of Nalubaale Dam was last done in 1990 by the former Uganda Electricity Board.