Power consumers in West Nile will have to wait up to March next year to start receiving a reliable power the contractors of Nyagak hydro power dam in Zombo district have announced.
Spencon Services Limited that was given the contract after government terminated the services of the first contractor, Sobetra Uganda Limited, says they have now reached around 80 percent with the civil works but electro-mechanical work has not yet started.
Government recently awarded the contract for electro-mechanical work to VS Hydro and they were expected to have started the work in May this year but because government delayed to release the money they are expected to start installations of the turbines this week.
Narebdra Bavisetti, the project manager of Spencon Services says they cannot be able to beat the December 2011 deadline set by the government because they are still remaining with major works on the dam.
He also says they have not yet finished the construction of the hydras, where water from the dam will pass to the main power house though they are done with the penstock that is about 500 meters. According to him, by mid February the testing would start but the real date for commissioning can be late in March.
In October this year the minister for Energy and mineral development Eng. Irene Muloni announced a new deadline of December to switch on the long awaited Nyagak power dam contradicting the deadline of end of November that was announced by President Yoweri Museveni during the international youth day celebrations in Arua.
Frank Baker, the General Manager of West Nile Rural Electrification Company that has a 20 year concession to generate and supply power to West Nile districts says, they will not be able to beat the deadline of this year though they would be happy if the work is completed.
Currently West Nile districts of Arua, Nebbi and Zombo are in power blackout after the thermal plant of the company in Ewuata broke down over a month ago.
Construction of Nyagak started in 2006 and it was expected to have lasted for two years but the work has dragged on as government keeps on extending deadlines it has set for the contractor to complete the work. Ends