In East Africa, the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL) signed a $6 million contract with German-based Intec Gopa International Energy Consultants to supervise the construction of three high voltage transmission lines.
The transmission lines will connect from the Karuma Hydro Power Project (Karuma HPP), which will supply power to the country, Ugandan news agency New Vision reported.
China’s Sinohydro Corporation Limited is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Karuma project and will be constructing the three high voltage transmission lines.
The total cost of the three high voltage transmission lines is estimated at $290 million.
Managing director of UETCL, Erias Kiyemba said the consultancy company would be responsible for supervising the construction of 400 kilovolts double circuit transmission line, stretching 264km from Karuma HPP switch yard to Kawanda substation.
In addition, the company will oversee 132 kilovolts double circuit transmission line stretching 80km from Karuma to Lira substation and 400 kilovolts double circuit transmission line of 60km from Karuma to Olwiyo substation in Nwoya district.
Increase power access
Kiyemba said that the increased power access will meet the country’s high power demands especially for industries located in Central and Southern Uganda, New Vision reported.
According to Kiyemba, an estimated 16% of Ugandans have access to power from the national electricity grid, indicating a high need for increasing power access.
Kiyemba said: “We want to emancipate the Northern region. We want to bring a strong [transmission] line to Lira district to increase accessibility of power to the Northern region.
“Once investors know there is reliable power supply they will go there. The principle is to extend the grid to bring power to Central and Southern Uganda to serve industries where most industries are located.”
Kiyemba added the project should reach completion within two-years, in time for the commissioning of the dam in 2018.