Projects Under Implementation


PROGRESS REPORT OF PROJECTS UNDER IMPLEMENTATION FOR UGANDA ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION COMPANY LIMITED

The Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) is a limited liability company incorporated under the Companies Act that commenced operations on 1st April 2001 as a result of the Governments Power Sector Reform and Liberalization policy that unbundled the Uganda Electricity Board (UEB) on 26th March 2001 into a number of successor companies with a view to transform the power sector into a financially viable electricity industry.


The company is wholly owned by the Government of Uganda and has two shareholders, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Minister of State of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Minister of state of Finance for privatization unit.


UETCL has the operational mandates divided into Single Buyer (SB), Transmission System Operator (TSO) and Public Infrastructure Provider (PIP). The mandate is derived from the following licences as granted by the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA):

  • 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


UETCL also operates under policy guidance 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 projects under implementation by UETCL.



No.

NAME/ AREA OF PROJECT

OBJECTIVES

STATUS

 

 

PROJECTS UNDER IMPLEMENTATION

 

1

Bujagali Interconnection Project (Bujagali-Kawanda  220kV, 75km; Kawanda-Mutundwe 132kV, 17km; Bujagali-Nalubaale132kV, 8km, Bujagali-Tororo 132kV,119km; 32/40MVA transformer at Kawanda, Substation extension works at Mutundwe).

Provision of adequate transmission capacity to evacuate power generated at Bujagali Hydro Power Station (HPS) to the existing National grid.

· Project was concluded and commissioned in 2012.

 

2

Bujagali Interconnection Project (BIP).                            (Bujagali switchyard upgrade to 220kV).

Provision of adequate transmission capacity to evacuate power generated at Bujagali Hydro Power Station (HPS) to the existing National grid.

·  Construction works at 100% completion.

·  Commissioned on 22nd Dec,2016

·  Financed by AfDB (African Development Bank) and JICA

 

3

Bujagali-Tororo (Uganda) –Lessos (Kenya) 220kV transmission line (127km).

Improve access to electricity in Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) countries through increased cross-border sharing of energy and power.

To lead to the construction of the Bujagali-Tororo-Lessos and Mbarara- Mirama-Birembo transmission lines and their associated sub stations

·  EPC contract for Transmission line awarded to Jyoti Ltd and substation to Isolux.

·    Supervision Consultancy works ongoing Contract awarded to AECOM

·   Construction works on going at 91% completion.

·   RAP Implementation in progress with 2,910/3,150 (92%) PAPs compensated.

·   To be commissioned 2017.

·   Financed by AfDB and JICA.

 

 

4

Mbarara-Mirama (Uganda) 66km-Birembo (Rwanda) 220 kV trans- mission line (66km) and Mirama substation.

Improve access to electricity in Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) countries through increased cross-border sharing of energy and power.

To lead to the construction of the Bujagali-Tororo-Lessos and Mbarara- Mirama-Birembo transmission lines and their associated sub stations

·   EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) contract for Transmission Line awarded to Jyoti Ltd and substation to Isolux Ingeniere.

·   Supervision Consultancy works ongoing Contract awarded to AECOM

·   Construction works in progress with 95% completion.

·   RAP Implementation in progress with 1,399/1459 (95%) PAPs compensated

·   To be commissioned in 2017.

·     Financed by AfDB and JICA.

 

 

5

Mbarara– Nkenda 132kV Trans- mission Line (160km).

Improvement on reliability, avail- ability and quality of power to the Western region of Uganda- Kasese, Fort Portal areas.

·   EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) contract awarded to Kalpatru Ltd and Techno Electric and Engineering Co. Ltd.

·   Supervision Consultancy works ongoing. Contract awarded to Hifab Oy and Sunshine Projects.

·   Construction works in progress with 94% completion.

·   RAP Implementation in progress with 1,698/1,771 (96%) compensated

·   Financed by AfDB.

 

 

6

Tororo – Opuyo –Lira 132kV Transmission Line (260km).

The general objective of component 1 is to provide a high voltage backbone between Mbarara and the mid-Western towns.

The objective of component

2 is to replace the wooden poles that are prone to res and other natural hazards with steel tower structures

·   EPC contract awarded to Kalpatru Ltd

·   Supervision Consultancy works ongoing. Contract awarded to Hifab Oy and Sunshine projects.

·   Construction works in progress at 83% completion.

·   RAP Implementation in progress 4,210/4,696 (89%) PAPs compensated.

·   To be commissioned 2017.

·   Financed by AfDB

 

 

7

Mutundwe-Kabulasoke Restringing 132kV (84.5km).

Improvement of quality, reliability and availability of power supply.

 

 

·   Supply of materials completed.

·   Construction works concluded in February 2015.

 

 

8

Tororo substation transformer 132/33kV, 32/40MVA.

 

Improvement of availability, reliability, and quality of power supply

 

·   Works completed and commissioned

 

9

Kampala North substation trans- former 132/33kV

Improvement of availability, reliability, and quality of power supply.

·    Works completed and commissioned

 

 

10

 

Karuma Interconnection Project(Karuma-Kawanda 400kV,

248.2km; Karuma – Olwiyo 400kV,

54.25km; Karuma-Lira 132kV)

 

To meet the energy needs for the Ugandan Population for social and economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner.

·   EPC  contract  awarded to Sinohydro Corporation Ltd

·     Supervision Consultancy services ongoing. Contract awarded to GOPA Intec

·    RAP Implementation ongoing with 2,177/3,005 (72%) for Karuma-Kawanda.

·    832/1129 (74%) for Karuma-Lira-Olwiyo. compensated.

·    To be commissioned in 2018.

·    Financed by China EXIM Bank.

 

 

11

Isimba Interconnection

Project

Provision of adequate transmission capacity to evacuate power generated at Isimba HPS.

·    RAP implementation is ongoing at 78% (781/989).

·    Signed commercial contract for EPC Construction with China Water and Earth (CWE)

·   EPC consultant is Energy Infratech PVT Limited.

·   Preliminary EPC activities including surveys, designs, manufacturing of towers are ongoing.

·   To be commissioned in 2018.

 

 

12

Electrification of industrial parks substations; Mukono, Luzira, Namanve and Iganga

Provision of adequate transmission capacity to cater for projected demand within industrial areas.

·   EPC contract awarded to CAMCE.

·   Supervision Consultancy services ongoing. Contract awarded to NEK Consults Ltd.

·     RAP Implementation ongoing with 268/649 (41%) PAPs compensated.

·   To be commissioned in 2018.

·   Financed by China EXIM Bank.

 

 

13

Nkenda - Fort Portal-Hoima 220kV lines (226km).

To evacuate the upcoming thermal power plant to be located at Kabaale as well as power generated by the mini hydros and co-generation power stations in the project area including Buseruka (Hydromax – 10MW), Muzizi (40MW), Waki (5MW), Kinyara (4-40) MW.

To improve power supply quality, security, reliability and availability in the South-Western and Western Region of Uganda.

·   Supervision consultant Contract awarded to Ficthner Gmbh.

·   EPC contract for construction of transmission line was awarded to KEC International. Works are ongoing with 80% completion.

·   EPC contract for construction of Substations was awarded to Shan- dong Taikai Power Engineering Co. Ltd. Works are ongoing with 70% completion.

·   RAP Implementation ongoing with 1,763/1990 (88%) PAPs have been compensated.

·   To be completed in 2017.

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

 

 
 
 
 

14

Kawanda – Masaka 220kV transmission line (137km).

The programme is aimed at reinforcing the capacity of the Western transmission line

to cater for the increasing demand in the towns of Masaka, Mbarara,

KEC International. Works at 83% completion.

·   EPC contract for construction of transmission line and Substations for Lot 2 and Lot 3 was awarded to Shandong Taikai Power Engineering Co. Ltd. Progress at 95% and 60% respectively.

·   Supervision Consultancy services ongoing. Contract awarded to Intec Gopa.

·   RAP Implementation ongoing with 2,152/2,644 (80%) PAPs compensated

·   To be completed in 2017.

·   Financed by IDA (International

Development Association) WB under ESDP (Electricity Sector Development Project).

 

 

1

Queensway Substation

132/33/11kV.

Improvement of power supply reliability and quality in the Kampala Business Central

Area and its suburbs.

 

 

 

·   Financed by JICA.

·   EPC contract  awarded to Nishizawa Ltd and works are ongoing at 96% completion

·   To be commissioned in 2017

 

 

JICA          Japan International Cooperation Agency

EXIM        Export-Import-Bank-China

WB            World Bank

GoN           Government of Norway

FDA           French Development Agency

KIW          Kreditanstall lur Wiedraublau

IsDB          Islamic Development Bank

AfDB         African Development Bank

GoU           Government of Uganda

 

Conclusion

Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) is committed to providing a reliable transmission backbone to enable Government achieve the objectives of the power sector reform as outline in the Government Policy Plan (GPP).

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