Projects under Feasibility Study

 

PROGRESS REPORT OF PROJECTS UNDER FEASIBILITY STUDY 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 under feasibility studies by UETCL.

 

No.

NAME/ AREA OF PROJECT

OBJECTIVES

STATUS

 

 

PROJECTS UNDER FEASIBILITY STUDIES

1

Hoima-Kinyara-Kafu 220kV trans- mission line (92km).

To provide adequate transmission infrastructure to meet the power supply needs of Western Uganda and evacuate power plants within the project area.

·         Feasibility study concluded

·         Procurement of supervision consultant on going.

·         RAP implementation is ongoing with 36% (183/508) completion

·         To be nanced by IDA

 

 

2

 

Ayago Interconnection

400kV Project (10km).

 

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

·         Conclusion of feasibility study, ESIA & RAP study ongoing.

·         GoU signed MoU with China Ghezhouba Group of Companies (CGGC), Contractor for Implementation of both the HPP (Hydo Power Project) and IP (Interconnection Project)

·         To be nanced by China EXIM Bank.

 

3

Mirama- Kikagati Nsongezi 132kV (38km).

Provision of transmission capacity to evacuate power from Kikagati and Nsongezi power plant.

 

·         Feasibility study concluded.

·         Financed by the Government of the Kingdom of Norway.

 

4

Mirama-Kabale 132kV transmission line (85.3km).

Provision of adequate transmission capacity to the Kabale region to improve quality of supply and to evacuate power from proposed generation power plant.

 

·         Feasibility study, ESIA & RAP study completed.

·         Funds sourced to nance EPC Construction from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).

·         RAP implementation waiting for updated Chief Government Valuer (CGV) report approval.

5

Nkenda (Uganda)-Mpondwe-Beni (DR Congo) 220kV transmission line (72.5km).

Regional grid interconnection for power trade and improve- ment of security of supply.

·         Feasibility study, ESIA & abbreviated RAP study completed.

·         Funded by Government of the Kingdom of Norway.

·         Sourcing for nancing for construction through regional umbrellas –NELSAP, EAC, EAPP.

 

6

Lira-Gulu-Nebbi-Arua-132kV(72.5km)

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

 

·         Soliciting of funds

7

Lira-Gulu-Agago 132kV (140km)

Provision of transmission capacity to evacuate power from Agago/ Achwa 88MW power plant.

·         Procurement of consultant for technical Assessment, detailed design, ESIA and RAP and Supervision EPC works ongoing.

·         Funded by GoU

 

8

Kabulasoke-Kiboga- Hoima 132kV (187km).

This project is needed urgently to evacuate surplus power from the 9MW generated by Buseruka and 5MW by Kinyara power plants to the National Grid.

To provide transmission capacity

To meet the growing demand and improve power supply quality and reliability in the districts of Hoima, Mityana and Mubende.

·         Procurement of consultant for

     technical Assessment,

     detailed Design, ESIA

     and RAP and

     Supervision EPC

     works ongoing.

·         Funded by GoU.

9

Masaka – Mbarara 220kV (135km).

 

 

To provide adequate transmission

infrastructure to meet the energy needs for the Uganda population in the project area

To provide infrastructure to enable regional power trade.

·         Procurement of Supervision

     Consultant completed.

·         Feasibility studies completed

·         Soliciting for nancing

10

Masaka-Mutukula- Mwanza 220kV transmission Line (82km) Uganda’s side.

Regional grid interconnection for power trade and improve- ment of security of supply.

·         Feasibility study, ESIA and abbreviated RAP study completed.

·         To be implemented under EAC (East African Community)

11

Mutundwe Substation upgrade- 132/33kV, 60MVA, 132/11kV, 40MVA.

Provision of adequate trans- former capacity to absorb power generated from Bujagali Hydro power Plant.

 

 

·         Soliciting for nancing.

12

Lugogo  Substation upgrade- 132/33kV, 60MVA Transformer. 

Provision of adequate trans- former capacity to absorb power generated from Bujagali Hydro power Plant.

·         Soliciting for nancing.

13

Kawanda Substation upgrade- additional 132/33kV 32/40MVA.

Provision of adequate trans- former capacity to absorb power generated from Bujagali Hydro power Plant.

·         Sourcing for nancing.

 

14

 

Kawaala 132/33kV Substation upgrade.

 

Improvement of power supply reliability and quality in Na- mungona, Kasubi, Kawaala and Wakiso district.

 

 

·         Sourcing for nancing.

15

Mbale-Bulambuli 132kV (60km).

Provide evacuation capacity for the renewable projects in the area such as Siti I & II, Muyembe, Ngenge I & II etc.

 

·         Feasibility study ongoing Sourcing for nancing from KfW.

 

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