Uganda promotes Chinese-built power plants as superstructure tourism sites

Aerial photo taken on Nov. 2, 2020 shows the Karuma hydropower project under construction along River Nile in the midwestern Ugandan district of Kiryandongo. Chinese construction of Uganda's Karuma Hydro Power Plant has entered the finishing stage despite what seemed to be insurmountable challenges complicated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.Deng Changyi, project manager of Sinohydro Corporation Ltd., the construction contractor, told Xinhua in a recent visit that works at the power plant reaches about 98 percent completion. When completed, the power plant will be the largest power-generating installation in Uganda.(Photo by Jia Junwei/Xinhua)
An aerial photo shows the Karuma hydropower project under construction along River Nile in the mid-western Ugandan district of Kiryandongo..(Photo by Jia Junwei/Xinhua)

Uganda is set to promote the Chinese constructed Karuma Hydro Power Plant and Isimba Hydro Power Plant, both on River Nile, as tourism sites.

Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited, the manager of the power plants, on Tuesday signed a partnership to package and market the 600-megawatt Karuma Hydro Power Dam and the 183-megawatt Isimba Hydro Power Dam as superstructure (infrastructure) tourism products.

Lilly Ajarova, UTB Executive Director described the new venture as the beginning of an important journey, saying the venture will diversify the tourism products.

Zhang Lizhong, Chinese ambassador to Uganda referred to the partnership as a brilliant idea.

“Karuma and Isimba Hydropower Plants, mega infrastructure in Uganda and major cooperation projects between China and Uganda, will turn into special scenic spots,” Zhang said.

Karuma is one of the largest underground hydropower plants in the East African region. The power plant which is still under construction has an underground powerhouse, tunnels, and neighbors the Murchison Falls National Park, one of Uganda’s premium tourism sites.

Isimba is located along the Nile in the central region, neighboring Jinja district where the source of River Nile, a key tourism site, is found.