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Eskom Seeks to More Than Double Ugandan Power Plants It Runs

The Ugandan unit of South African utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., which manages plants generating almost half of the East African nation’s electricity, said it wants more than double the capacity it runs in the country.

Eskom Uganda Ltd., a unit of Eskom Enterprises, is interested in operating the 600-megawatt Karuma hydropower dam that’s being built by Beijing-based Sinohydro Corp. and a 183-megawatt project developed by China International Water and Electric Corp., Simon Kasyate, a spokesman for Kampala-based Eskom Uganda, said in an e-mailed response to questions on April 9. The government says its two plants may start generation in 2018.