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UETCL’S ROLE IN REGIONAL GRID INTERCONNECTION AND TRADE

Access to electricity is a priority for the East African countries’ economies because it is a prerequisite to poverty reduction and economic growth. Although the majority of East African countries have very low access to electricity, with an average of 16% access, there is a growing demand for both industrial and domestic consumers.

The current situation has brought the East African States in the sub-region to commit to regional integration of their electricity grids because an integrated East African grid power market holds the promise of increasing access, improving reliability, stability and reducing the costs of power supply to each partner state.

The Government of Uganda (GoU), through its implementing agency the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) is constructing both the Bujagali-Tororo (Uganda) -Lessos (Kenya) 220kV and Mbarara (Uganda)-Mirama (Rwanda) 220kV regional interconnection transmission lines financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project comprises;

  • Construction of 220kV double circuit transmission line from Bujagali via Tororo substation to the Uganda/ Kenya border, over a distance of 131km.
  • Construction of 220kV double circuit transmission line from Mbarara North substation in Uganda to the Rwanda border over a distance of 66km.
  • Extension of sub stations at Tororo and Mbarara North
  • New 220/132/33kV substations at Mirama, Mbarara and Tororo.

The objective of this project is to improve access to electricity in Nile Basin countries through increased cross border power trade.

Challenges

There have been multiple challenges regarding right-of-way acquisition. The consequence of this has been that all the works have been delayed from the original time schedule; however, revaluation of rejected cases is ongoing with the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) to revalue their properties and to ensure that their expectations are taken into consideration.

Opportunities

The ongoing implementation of the regional interconnection project presents a greater opportunity to Uganda for regional energy exchange and trade. The project is expected to be commissioned this year.

Commitment

The ongoing implementation of the regional interconnection projects presents a greater opportunity for regional energy exchange and trade. UETCL is committed to deliver a robust grid infrastructure that will provide a more reliable, stable and flexible power system.

POWER VANDALS SENTENCED TO JAIL

PROVIDING A RELIABLE BACKBONE TO NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH


 

 

claims to UETCL for idling and demobilization.

 

 

 


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