A report termed “Dam Concrete Crack Analysis and Preventative/Improvement Measures,” handed over by experts to Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) last week following three weeks of investigations, has said the cracks which were reported on the spillway at the Karuma Dam, currently under construction, are just common cracks in construction industry which are remediable and therefore will not affect the overall functionality of the 600MW dam. The report was prepared by a team of experts from Sinohydro Corporation China.
“The cracks after treatment with appropriate methodology shall have no adverse effect on the overall dam structure and its functionality. Sinohydro has commenced the procurement of equipment and materials for the treatment of cracks,” the report stated.
Following a visit to the dam recently, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Ms Irene Muloni, instructed that work on the Spillway be put on hold and investigations go on to ascertain the impact of the cracks on the functionality of the dam.
Acting on the minister’s directive, the team of experts from Sinohydro China, led by Mr Yang Yixin, arrived in Uganda on April 20, to carry out detailed investigation and has handed over a report with remedial steps to be taken to UEGCL.
They also analysed the causes of cracks and formulated remedial measures for the treatment and draft preventative/improvement measures to be adopted in concrete works construction based on the study of the drilled cores and construction methodologies.