April 23, 2014

Chinese Contractor Cites Absence Of Skilled Ugandans At Karuma Dam

Work at the prodigious Shs 4.3 trillion, 600Megawatts Karuma hydropower dam that started four months age has slugged abit after Sinohydro Corporation Ltd, the contractor of the project revealed it lacks skilled manpower to operate machines.

The Bujagali hydroelectric power station at the Bujagali Falls in River Nile.  Skilled workers are in shortage at Uganda's new Sh.4.3 trillion ($1.7billion)  project Karuma.
The Bujagali hydroelectric power station at the Bujagali Falls in River Nile. Skilled workers are in shortage at Uganda’s new Sh.4.3 trillion ($1.7billion) project Karuma.

This is putting more costs on them through training on job during the project duration they claim.

The eight month old construction of the 600 megawatts dam was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni in August 2013, who said 85% of the funding will be procured by Sinohydro Corporation Ltd, a Chinese firm with a soft loan from Exim bank and the Uganda government will cater for the 15%.

The deputy project manager, Liu Jianguo, says the shortage is straining the project because they have to train workers on the job.
The Chinese contractor has up to 2,500 vacancies available.

Jianguo reveals that they currently have two Crane operators and would need more than 30 averagely.

They might be forced to source for foreign nationals – paid higher expatriate rates – to pad the human resource gap in among others electrical installation, welding and carpentry.

2 thoughts on “Chinese Contractor Cites Absence Of Skilled Ugandans At Karuma Dam

  1. Nonsense…! we had very good ugandans who participated during Bujagali,what are they trying to say? Dont use this as your excuse to ferry in your local chinese!

  2. Definitly the Chinese should have expected the shortage at once, and let Ugandans get skilled by on job training. Either ways, it would up the operation costs even when Chinese low earners would be shipped to Uganda to become high earners on Uganda’s energies. I hope the concerned Ministry really stands strict to guard upon Uganda’s interests in this whole project. Uganda would be better off by having the dam and a rise in skilled or hands on skilled native man power. Please please the concerned, this is a very serious issue protect Uganda, show some high level of patriotism.

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