3 April 2008 – Uganda’s minister for energy, Daudi Migereko, has announced that the Mutundwe thermal plant will be able to delivery 30MW within the next six weeks. Speaking after a stakeholder meeting about increased load shedding and loss of power, he said another 20MW would be delivered within the next 10 weeks.
"Despite improved generation and distribution, especially during CHOGM, consumers are experiencing a reversion to the pre-CHOGM period, with power supply unreliable and an increase in load shedding," a statement from the ministry read.
As a result, the minister had instructed M/S Aggreko to increase power generation to its original level of 1,878 Kwh. Generation was originally decreased due to reduced fuel levels after the Kenyan general elections last year.
"The reduction in power generation at the thermal (diesel) generation facilities fell from 1,878 MegaWatt/hour to 1,500 MWh."
The Namanve heavy-fuel power station will be commissioned in September and will have an installed capacity of 50MW. Other plants are also being fast tracked.
"UMEME, with the assistance of the Police and other security agencies, is carrying out an operation against power thefts and vandalisation of electricity installations in order to reduce power losses."
It is hoped these efforts will in the short and medium-term reduce load shedding and make electricity available for domestic and industrial consumption."