Planned Projects

 

PROGRESS REPORT OF PLANNED/ FUTURE PROJECTS 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 the planned/ future projects by UETCL.

 

 

No.

NAME/ AREA OF PROJECT

OBJECTIVES

ACHIEVEMENTS/STATUS

       

           PLANNED/ FUTURE PROJECTS

 

 

                                    A. POWER EVACUATION PROJECTS

1.

Project related to 150 MW Solar.

Provision of transmission capacity to evacuate power from Solar Power Plants.

Augmenting generation capacity to meet the growing demand.

 

·         Establishment of GET Fit Scheme in Progress.

2.

Projects related to 300 MW Katwe Geothermal Power Plants.

Provision of transmission capacity to evacuate power from Geothermal Power Plants.

Augmenting generation capacity to meet the growing demand.

 

·         Power Purchase Agreement Signed.

3.

Projects Related to 150MW Cogeneration plants.

Provision of transmission

Capacity to evacuate power from cogenera- tion power plants.

Augmenting generation capacity to meet the growing demand.

·         Power Purchase Agreement signed for Kinyara upgrade.

 

 

                                      B. GRID RE-INVESTMENT PROJECTS

1

Owen falls- Namanve- Kampala North transmission line upgrade.

Improvement of quality, reliability and availability of supply.

 

·         Sourcing for nancing.

2

Nkenda- Kabulasoke- Mutundwe 220kV transmission line.

 

Improvement of reliability and quality of power supply.

·         Sourcing for nancing.

3

Nalubaale - Lugazi

132kV transmission line.

 

Improvement of reliability and quality of power supply.

·         Sourcing for nancing.

4

Bujagali-Nalubaale132kV line

(Re- stringing with HTLS conductor).

Improvement of quality, reliability and availability of supply.

 

·         Sourcing for nancing.

 

                                    

                                      C. SYSTEM EXTENSION PROJECTS

 

1

Gulu-Kitgum 132kV transmission line and Kitgum Substation.

 

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

·         Sourcing for nancing.

2

Karuma – Tororo 400kV transmission line.

 

Improvement of reliability, availability and quality of power supply.

·         Sourcing for nancing.

 

 

               D. REGIONAL POWER TRADE PROJECT

1

Karuma-Nimule-Juba (Sudan) 400kV Line- (190km) Uganda’s part).

Regional Power Trade.

·         Sourcing for nancing.

 

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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