Projects at EPC Stage


PROGRESS OF PROJECTS AT EPC CONTRACTOR PROCUREMENT STAGE 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 of projects at EPC contractor procurement stage by UETCL.

 

No.

NAME/AREA OF PROJECT

OBJECTIVES

STATUS

 

PROJECTS AT EPC CONTRACTOR PROCUREMENT  STAGE

1

Opuyo-Moroto 132kV line (160km) and substation.

Provision of adequate trans- mission capacity to cater for the projected demand in the Karamoja region.

·     EPC works to be nanced by Islamic Development Bank (ISDB).

·     Financed by Government of Uganda.

·     Supervision of works contract was awarded to Ghods Niroo Engineering Company and works are ongoing.

·     Procurement of the EPC contractor is ongoing

·     To be commissioned in 2019.

·     RAP implementation is ongoing with 77% (821/1,060) completion.


2

Mutundwe-Entebbe 132kV transmission line (35km).

Extension of the high voltage grid to the Entebbe region to improve quality of supply and to evacuate power from proposed solar generation power plant.  

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

·     Procurement for EPC Contractors is ongoing.

·     RAP Implementation ongoing with 465/1,025 (45%).

·     Contract for RAP implementation consultant was awarded to NEWPLAN Ltd.

·     To be commissioned in 2018.

·      Financed by KfW.

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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