Kilembe Mines Power Dam to Produce 12 Megawatts after Renovation

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Tinka Kwatampora, a consultant for Tibet Hima Industries says the firm is undertaking an exploration process after which the Dam will be upgraded to ensure that its generation capacity is boosted.

Kilembe mines hydroelectricity power dam on River Mubuku will be upgraded to generate at least 12 megawatts of power after the takeover of Kilembe copper mines by Tibet Hima Industries. The Dam is currently producing 5 megawatts

Tinka Kwatampora, a consultant for Tibet Hima Industries says the firm is undertaking an exploration process after which the Dam will be upgraded to ensure that its generation capacity is boosted.

"We are still in the exploration process after which we shall undertake the renovation of all assets which Tibet inherited from the government.  Then the dam will be upgraded because it cannot generate enough electricity for the mines and copper processing in its current state," Kwatampora says.

He adds that the hydro power dam which was constructed to produce 5 megawatts of power has been producing less than 2 megawatts because of its state. He adds that the water at the dam is enough to generate at least 12 megawatts.

Other activities that are being carried out by the Chinese Company include renovation of other assets like the administration block, the staff quarters and schools that once belonged to Kilembe Mines Limited.Currently, the mines sit abandoned, rusted equipment, metals, uprooted railway lines, lie abandoned.High elephant grass grows wildly around the premises,

Last week, the company also carried out surveys in several parts of the district to identify areas which could have copper.  The areas that were surveyed include Kyalumba, Kitholu, Bukangra and Rukooki.

According to the agreement signed last year, Tibet-Hima is expected to expand the copper ore reserves from the current 4.5 million tones, since more than 2000 acres of the mining land remain unexplored. Incorporated in the 1950s as a mining company, Kilembe Mines produced and exported copper till the late 1970s, earning Uganda foreign exchange and employing a labour force of over 6,000.

The once vibrant mine,  Kilembe stopped copper mining in the early 1980s and has since been involved in power generation, metal fabrications and the manufacturing of machinery such as maize mills, hullers, window and door steel frames.