By Juma Nsubuga
The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development Dr Ruth Nankabirwa has commissioned 132KV Namanve-Luzira transmission line.
The event has been held at Namanve Sub-station in Namanve industrial area in Mukono district and was also attended by junior ministers Peter Lokeris (state for minerals) and Opolot Okaasai (state for energy).
Nankabirwa described this power line as a vital one to the power network in the efforts to support industrialization and Socio-economic development of the country.
“My ministry is committed to the implementating the sustainable energy development program whose objective is to meet Uganda’s energy needs by providing adequate, affordable and clean reliable energy for sustainable socio-economic growth and development” she said.
She says the current installed electricity generation capacity in Uganda is 1378.1MW and is expected to increase to over 2000MW once the 600MW Karuma hydro power plant is completed.
Nankabirwa further stressed that in order to meet financial requirement of the free connection policy, government has partnered with World Bank to implement the 638M US$ Electricity Access Scale Up project with a target to achieve up to 1,073,500 connections for households.
“Government has also introduced a hybrid connection scheme to address the funding gap of the free electricity connections policy whereby domestic consumers requiring a no-pole costing Shs720,883 as approved by electricity regulatory authority are now required to pay only 200,000Shs” she added
Uganda government through the ministry of energy has mobilized finances to construct many transmission projects to expand and reinforce the transmission network to increase power availability and reliability in the country.