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PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE MANIFESTO COMMITMENTS FOR UGANDA ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION COMPANY LIMITED

The Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) is a public utility with the mandate to own, develop and operate the High Voltage Transmission Grid (HVTG) above 33kV (Transmission Systems Operator (TSO) businesses). The company also has the role as Single Buyer and is a key national player in the electricity sub sector.

UETCL’s mandate is derived from the following licences as granted by Electricity Regulatory Authority:

  • License for Systems Operator;
  • License for Operation of High Voltage Transmission Grid;
  • License for Power Export and Import; and
  • License for Bulk Power Supply.

Under the Single Buyer business, UETCL is authorised to negotiate all agreements related to the sale, purchase, import and export of electric energy. The company has long running contracts with several Power Generators and a number of Distribution Companies in the country. The company also imports and exports power from the major electricity utility companies in the region with which it has signed Power Sales and Power Exchange Agreements.

On the other hand, the TSO business involves the conducting of system operations including the dispatch and control of the operation of generation plants and other facilities necessary for system stability, security, reliability, safety and efficient operations. The TSO business further involves the operation of the high voltage transmission grid above 33  kV

Driven by the policy guidelines of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral development, the Company acts as the government implementation agency for various grid expansion projects aimed at upgrade and expansion of the national grid. The Company is focused on expansion and maintenance of the national grid both locally and through regional interconnections to ensure:

  • Availability of a robust grid to guarantee reliable electricity supply
  • Increased Regional Power Trade  and
  • Accelerated Grid Infrastructure Development to increase national coverage

 Below is information on the progress of the manifesto commitments contributed by UETCL

1.    POWER TRANSMISSION COMMITMENTS

  a)   Completing the following transmission lines:

  • Nkenda – Mputa – Hoima (132KV, 254km);
  • Karuma – Kawanda (400KV, 264 km);
  • Karuma – Olwiyo (132KV, 60km);
  • Karuma – Lira (132 KV, 80km);
  • Karuma-Gulu (132KV, 70km);
  • Isimba interconnection (132KV, 40km);
  • Kawanda – Masaka (220KV, 142km);
  • Kampala – Entebbe (132KV);
  • Mirama – Kabale (132 KV);
  • Hoima - Kafu (132 KV);
  • Lira – Gulu – Nebbi (132 KV);
  • Opuyo – Moroto (132kV, 200km);
  • Tororo – Opuyo – Lira upgrade (132kV, 260km);
  • Mbarara – Nkenda (132kV, 160km);
  • Lira-Kitgum (132kV, 125km);
  • Lira-Gulu-Agago 132kV;
  • Hoima – Kinyara -Kafu 220kV line;
  • Masaka-Mbarara 220kV;
  • Bulambuli (Atari)-Mbale Industrial area 132kV;
  • Nkenda-Mpondwe-Beni 220Kv

      i)    Nkenda – Mputa – Hoima

          EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) contract awarded to KEC International Ltd for transmission line component and Shandong Taikai Ltd for           substations component.

          Supervision Consultancy works ongoing. Contract awarded to Ficthner Gmbh

          RAP Implementation ongoing (88%)

          EPC Works on-going

         Transmission line: detailed survey is 99% is complete; Design is 99% complete; Procurement is 98% complete; 446 (70.6%) of 631     foundations have been completed and 357 (56.5%) of 631 towers have been erected. Overall Progress is 54%

         Substations: Design is 70% complete;  Procurement is 60% complete;

          Hoima Substation: Site clearance and levelling is complete, construction of Control room is 5% complete, and equipment foundations at 1% complete.

          Nkenda Substation: Site clearance and levelling and excavation of foundations is on-going.

          To be commissioned by Q4 2017

         T-Line financed by Government of the Kingdom of Norway and substations by AFD (French Development Agency)

    ii)    Karuma Interconnection project (Karuma-Kawanda 400kV, 248.2km; Karuma –Olwiyo 400kV, 54.25km; Karuma-Lira 132kV, 75.5km)

          Feasibility study concluded in 2011

          Supervision Consultant for transmission line on board. Contract awarded to Intec Gopa

          RAP implementation is 62% complete for the Karuma-Olwiyo segment and 51% complete for the Karuma- Kawanda segment.

          Signed commercial contract for EPC Construction with Sino Hydro

          Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd (KPTL) from India was approved as the Transmission Line Subcontractor for SinoHydro

          Submission of design calculations for DA towers was received and is under review by consultant.

    • Karuma – Kawanda 400kV TL (250km): detailed survey is 100% complete;
    • Karuma – Lira 132kV TL (76km): Detailed survey is 95% complete;
    • Karuma – Olwiyo 400kV TL (58km): Permit from UWA is being processed so work in the park can commence; angle point survey of transmission line was completed

          Substations: Survey of Kawanda, Olwiyo and Lira substations were completed; conceptual layout and single line diagrams for all the four substations have been completed and approved; Equipment Guaranteed Technical Particulars and clarifications on proposed suppliers were completed and approved;

          To be commissioned in April 2018

          The project is financed by China EXIM Bank

   iii)    Isimba interconnection

          Feasibility study concluded

          Supervision Consultant on board. Contract awarded to Energy Infratech PVT Ltd.

          Signed commercial contract for EPC Construction with China International Water and Electric Corporation (CWE)

          Construction works ongoing;Interconnection Project Design is 80% complete; Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) for Hive Voltage Switchgear(CBs, VTs, DS and CTs) were completed; Tests of two (DS, DT2) out of five tower types completed; Foundation works commenced and to date, 36 out of 145 (25%) tower foundations have been completed; Design of Control & Protection system at Bujagali and Isimba is on-going with documents under review

          RAP Implementation ongoing (80%)

          To be commissioned in 30th September 2018

          Financed by China EXIM Bank

    iv)    Kawanda – Masaka

          EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) contract awarded to KEC International Ltd for transmission line component and Shandong Taikai Power Engineering Ltd for substations component.

          Supervision Consultancy works ongoing. Contract awarded to Intec Gopa

          Construction works ongoing

          Lot 1 – (Transmission-Line) is 89% complete.

          Commissioning is scheduled for 30th September, 2017[1].

          Lot 2 Kawanda Substation is 91% complete.

          Commissioning is scheduled for 28th February, 2017.

          Lot 3 Masaka Substation is 80% complete.

          Commissioning is scheduled for 30th April, 2017.[2]

          RAP Implementation ongoing (77%)

          To be commissioned September 2017

          Financed by IDA (International Development Association) WB under ESDP (Electricity Sector Development Project)

     v)    Kampala – Entebbe

          Supervision Consultancy works (design) ongoing. Contract awarded to Intec Gopa

          EPC Contract awaiting signature.

          RAP Implementation is 40% complete

          To be commissioned in 2018

          Financed by KfW

    vi)    Mirama – Kabale

          Supervision Consultant on board; Consultant is currently finalizing preparation of the Tender Documents

          RAP Implementation Consultant is on board. The Contract was awarded to Consultant Surveyors & Planners in Association with Syagga Associates

          Procurement of EPC Contractor ongoing; Prequalification was completed and tender documents to be issued after completion of review.

          To be commissioned in 2019

          EPC works to be financed by Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

   vii)    Hoima – Kinyara - Kafu 220kV line:

          Funding for the Hoima-Kinyara Section is being mobilized from the World Bank.

          Procurement of EPC Supervision Consultant is ongoing. Negotiations were held with the best evaluated consultant.

          Procurement of RAP Implementation consultant is ongoing. The procurement is at contract signature stage

          Commissioning is planned for 2019

  viii)    Lira – Gulu – Nebbi – Arua:

          Funds were secured from the World Bank towards implementation of the project.

          Procurement of EPC supervision consultant is ongoing. UETCL received a No objection from WB to the shortlist and Request for Proposal         document was subsequently issued to the bidders

         To be commissioned in 2019

    ix)    Opuyo – Moroto:

          Funding was secured from Islamic Development Bank towards implementation of the project.

          Procurement of EPC Contractor is ongoing. Procurement is at Tender Evaluation stage.

          RAP Implementation is ongoing. Compensation of affected persons is at 74%.

          EPC Supervision consultant is already procured, and currently participating in the EPC contractor procurement.

          To be commissioned in 2019

     x)    Tororo – Opuyo – Lira:

          Steel tower line support structures have been erected at 580 (80%) locations out of 715. 135 towers are yet to be erected as a result of resistance from Project Affected Persons (PAPs) who either dispute the compensation figures or have not been compensated.

          92km out of 260km have been strung. 168km are yet to be strung as a result of missing towers in some locations. Overall Transmission Line progress is 90%

          The Tororo and Opuyo Sub-Stations are 100% complete and commissioned.

    xi)    Mbarara – Nkenda

          Completed detailed survey of 156.987 km out of 156.987 km of line route length

          Total route approved: 156.987 km out of 156.987 km route length (100%)

          Total Dynamic Core Penetration Test completed: 453 out of 453 locations (100%)

          Total tower foundation completed: 260 out of 317 towers (82%)

          Total tower erection completed: 252 out of 317 towers (79.5%)

          Monopole foundation completed: 133 out of 136 locations (97.8%)

          Monopoles erected: 129 out of 136 locations (95%)

          Stringing of Conductor and Earth wire: 59.72km

          Optical Ground wire (OPGW) strung: 46.03 km

          Financed by Loan from African Development Bank

   xii)    Lira-Gulu-Agago

          Funding for the project has been provided by KfW Bank

          KfW approved the proposal for update of the Feasibility study and the contract for the update of Gulu Agago feasibility study and update of tender documents was signed on 28th December 2016 between Shaker/M&E and KfW.

          The Revised RAP study report submitted to Chief Government Valuer for approval.

          UETCL received a no objection to EPC Contractor prequalification document from KfW.

          Call for Expression of Interest was advertised

          UETCL is yet to receive funds for RAP Implementation from Government of Uganda.

          To be commissioned in 2019

  xiii)    Masaka-Mbarara

          Sourcing of Financing from AFD and KfW is ongoing. The Loan Agreement is under review.

          Procurement of Supervision Consultant On-going

          RAP Implementation is awaiting fund allocation by Government of Uganda

          To be Commissioned in 2019

  xiv)    Bulambuli (Atari)-Mbale Industrial area:

          KfW Bank provided funds for Feasibility study

          Procurement of Feasibility study consultant was completed. Feasibility study is ongoing

          Terms of reference for Procurement of ESIA/RAP study consultant are under review and no-objection of the financier pending.

          To be commissioned in 2020

   xv)    Nkenda-Mpondwe-Beni:

          Feasibility study for the project was completed in 2014.

          Funding is being mobilized for financing the project implementation activities and works.

  xvi)    Bujagali-Tororo

          Completed detailed survey of 131.2km out of 131.2km of line route length

          Total tower foundation completed: 344 out of 402 towers (86%)

          Total tower erection completed: 313 out of 402 towers (78%)

          Stringing of Conductor and Earth wire: 29.7km

          Optical Ground wire (OPGW) strung: 29.7 km

          Overall Transmission Line progress is 86.8%

          To be commissioned by August 2017

          Financed by African Development Bank and JICA

 xvii)    Mbarara-Mirama

          Completed detailed survey of 65.55km out of 65.55km of line route length

          Total tower foundation completed: 204 out of 211 towers (97%)

          Total tower erection completed: 196 out of 211 towers (92%)

          Stringing of Conductor and Earth wire: 20km

          Optical Ground wire (OPGW) strung: 20km

          Overall Transmission Line progress is 94.7%

          To be commissioned by August 2017

          Financed by African Development Bank and JICA

xviii)    NELSAP Substations

          Signed commercial contract for EPC Construction with Isolux Ingenieria S.A

          Bujagali Substation is 72.5% complete

          Tororo Substation is 82.0% complete

          New Mbarara Substation90.0% complete

          Mirama Substation61.3% complete

          Overall Progress is 77.2%

          Commissioning in 2017

          Financed by African Development Bank and JICA


b)   Complete the Upgrade of Lugogo; Mutundwe; Queens Way; and Bujagali switchyardsub-stations:

     i)    Queens Way

          Supervision consultancy work ongoing. Contract awarded to Yachiyo Engineering Co. Ltd

          Signed EPC Construction contract with Consortium of Nishizawa Limited and Kinden Corporation

          EPC Construction works ongoing (93.2%)

          To be commissioned in June 2017

          Financed by JICA

    ii)    Bujagali switchyard:

           The upgrade was completed and commissioned.

c)    Four new sub-stations to boost power supply to the proposed industrial parks these are; Namanve South, Luzira, Mukono, and Iganga.

         Completed preliminary designs

         Geotechnical study for Namanve and Luzira Substations was completed

         Geotechnical study for Mukono and Iganga substations is ongoing

         RAP Implementation for Iganga segment is 74% complete

         RAP Implementation for the Namanve-Luzira segment awaits NEMA’s guidance on how to handle titles in wetlands 


2.    WORK PLANS FOR QUARTER 3 AND 4 OF FY 2016/17

       Infrastructure Development

B)   TRANSMISSION INFRASTRUCTURE

          Completion of Upgrade of BujagaliSwitchyard to 220kV;

          Commissioning of Bujagali – Tororo – Lessos and Mbarara – Mirama - Birembo Interconnection Project transmission line works;

          Commissioning Upgrade of Queensway Substation

          Commissioning of Tororo – Opuyo Lira and Mbarara – Nkenda Transmission lines

          Completion of RAP implementation for Mbarara-Nkenda/Tororo-Lira Transmission Lines

          Supervision of Construction ofKaruma-Kawanda, Karuma- Lira,and Karuma - Olwiyo transmissionlines and associated substations.

          RAP Implementation for Karuma Interconnection Project

          Supervision of Construction ofIsimba - Bujagali transmissionline.

          Supervision of Construction of the 220kV Kawanda-Masaka Transmission Line.

          Construction of foundations for substation equipment and transmission line towers of the Mputa Interconnection Project

          Construction works, civil works, erection and installation of line support structures and substation equipment for Kampala-Entebbe Expansion Project

          Supervision and Monitoring of the RAP Implementation for the Kawanda-Masaka 220kv T-Line.

          Conclusion of procurement of EPC Contractor and commencement of EPC works for Opuyo Moroto transmission Project

          Completion of RAP Implementation for Opuyo Moroto transmission Project

          Completion of Designs and Commencement of Construction works, civil works, erection and installation of line support structures and substation equipment for Namanve south, Mukono, Iganga and Luzira Industrial park substations project

          Complete feasibility study for Mbale - Bulambuli (Atari) 32KV transmission line and Associated Substation

          Procurement of Supervision consultant and EPC Contractor for New Nkenda 132/33KV, 2*60MVA Substation

          Procurement of Supervision consultant and EPC Contractor for Hoima – Kinyara 220kV Transmission Line

          Procurement of EPC contractors for Gulu-Agago 132kV transmission line

          Procurement of EPC contractors for Mirama - Kabale 132kV transmission line

          Procurement of EPC contractor for Lira-Gulu-Pakwach-Nebbi-Arua 132kV, 350km transmission line;


         COMMITMENT GRID AVAILABILITY

         Through a committed and proactive maintenance system, UETCL has ensured and guaranteed grid system availability above the target codes. Over the past few years grid availability has been at 99.5% thus well above the target grid code of 98.0% and the trend will be continued. 

         COMMITMENTS FOR FY 2017/18

  A.    Power Transmission Infrastructure

         Complete construction of the following projects (100%);

  • Kawanda – Masaka 220kV line
  • Nkenda – Fort Portal – Hoima 220kV line
  • Isimba – Bujagali Interconnection line
  • NELSAP Projects

 Continue construction of the following projects;

  • Karuma Interconnection project (Karuma-Kawanda, Karuma-Olwiyo Karuma – Lira); target is to achieve 90% completion.
  • Gulu-Agago 132kV line); target is to achieve 80% completion
  • Lira – Gulu – Nebbi – Arua 132kV line); target is to achieve 20% completion.
  • Mutundwe- Entebbe 132kV line; target is to achieve 80 % completion.
  • Namanve South, Luzira, Mukono and Iganga industrial park substations); target is to achieve 80% completion.
  • Opuyo Substation Upgrade); target is to achieve 65% completion.
  • Opuyo-Moroto 132kV Line; target is to achieve 80% completion.
  • Mirama-Kabale 132kV;  target is to achieve 40% completion
  • Hoima- Kafu 220kV line (Hoima-Kinyara leg); target is to achieve 50% completion
  • Masaka-Mbarara 220kV line; target is to achieve 50% completion
  • New Nkenda 132/33kV substation; target is to achieve 80% completion.

  Complete Procurement of EPC contractors for the following Projects;

  • Bulambuli (Atari)-Mbale Industrial parks 132kV line
  • 400kV standardization project
  • Mirama-Kikagati -Nsongezi 132kV line
  • Project enhancement of Greater Kampala    Transmission system

  Conclude feasibility study, ESIA and RAP of the following projects

  • Masaka-Mwanza 220kV line
  • Olwiyo- Nimule-Juba 400kV
  • Nkenda – Mpondwe – Beni 220kV line

 Commencement of feasibility study, ESIA&RAP study of the following projects;

  • Kabulasoke-Kiboga-Hoima 132kV
  • Kawanda –Kasana 132kV line
  • Nalubaale – Lugazi 132kV
  • Karuma – Tororo 400kV Line

[1] The Loan Agreement is expiring on 28th February however; extension of the project closing date is under discussion.  A response from the World Bank is awaited.

[2] The Loan Agreement is expiring on 28th February however; extension of the project closing date is under discussion.  A response from the World Bank is awaited.

   

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