The Ugandan energy minister, Irene Muloni, has signed a deal that will require the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) to export power to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the next three years.
Muloni revealed this while speaking at the launch of the ISO certification of UEGCL in Kampala last week, the Monitor reported.
The minister applauded UEGCL, saying it’s the country’s first government agency to have its processes internationally certified.
According to the power utility’s chief executive officer, Harrison Mutikanga, the ISO 9001: 2015 certification means implementation, monitoring, procurement and human resource management of the power generation corporation will be streamlined to international standards.
Export power to DRC
With regards to the power export deal, the supply will be connected from Kasese District in Uganda to Beni city in north-eastern DRC, Butembo in North Kivu and finally to Bunia town in Ituri Province.
Muloni told the Monitor that once Karuma, Isimba and other small power dams are completed, Uganda will have excess power, which would then be exported.
On completion, Karuma and Isimba dams combined will generate 783MW.
“The financing of the project will be about $150 million. Of that amount, Uganda will contribute about $22 million and the rest will be the responsibility of the DRC government. Once that funding is secured, it will take two years to complete the project, which could be by end of 2019 or there about,” Muloni said.
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During the exclusive interview, Muloni said this development is part of the regional countries’ efforts to interlink their infrastructure, which initiative will also be extended to South Sudan.
Leading power producer
In a recent interview, Mutikanga stated that UEGCL is aiming to be the leading power producer in the Great Lakes region.
He said the utility intends to undertake feasibility studies for the above-mentioned small hydropower plants whose objective it is to promote access of electricity to the rural and remote areas of Uganda.
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