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;
The objective of this project is to improve access to electricity in Nile Basin countries through increased cross border power trade.
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.
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.
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.
claims to UETCL for idling and demobilization.