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Uganda: Govt to Extend Power Supply to South Sudan

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Government is working on an interconnection to export electricity to South Sudan, according to Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL).

The Interconnection, UETCL managing director Valentine Katabira said, is part of the agenda to create a regional electricity sharing platform through which the East African Community would achieve stable power supply.

Speaking during an electricity forum organised by Ministry of Energy, Mr Katabira said: “The interconnection with South Sudan is in line with the East African Community policy of connecting each country to have power sharing grid for better supply.”

Countries within the EAC bloc established a collaborative effort under the Eastern Africa Power Pool in which partner states within the region interconnect their electricity grids to take advantage of excess capacity within the network.

The move seeks to help countries with insufficient capacity to access the excess power elsewhere at a relatively affordable cost.

Uganda currently generates 1,200 megawatts with local demand of only 600 megawatts, which creates a surplus of close to 600 megawatts.

The country is expected to add another 300 megawatts with the completion of Karuma Hydro Power Dam, whose launch has been delayed due to defects detected by Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited, the project supervisor.

The interconnection to South Sudan, according to set to UETCL, which will allow Uganda to export electricity to another East African country, is expected to be completed next year.

Uganda currently exports electricity to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and parts of eastern DR Congo.

During the same meeting, Paul Mwesiga, the UEDCL executive director, government plans to connect 6.4 million households on the national grid through public private partnerships.