The project valued at USD 638 million and funded by the World Bank is going to be implemented over five years through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Developement and the Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company (UECCC) across the country.
Uganda has vehemently refused to abandon its oil and gas projects. The government of Uganda sees oil development as a way to diversify energy supplies and improve energy security by cutting reliance on oil imports.
Blencowe acquired the Orom-Cross Graphite Project in April 2020 from the Australian Firm, Consolidated African Mineral Resources Co Ltd which was handed a 21-year-long mining license in 2019 by the government.
Rwot Acana claimed while there have been ongoing debates about the Sub-region having large deposits of oil and gas and other valuable minerals, such information is limited to a few individuals while the locals and leaders never get to know the details.
Okasaai told URN that as of now, four out of the six units are fully operational and synchronized to the national grid. The fourth unit is pending completion by the end of November while the sixth unit will be ready in 2024 to enable optimum functionality of the decade-long hydroelectric facility.
The experts made the projection during an Energy and Electric Mobility Conference convened by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development to mark the 19th Annual Energy and Minerals Week 2023 at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Speke Resort in Kampala on Tuesday.
Sidronious Okaasai Opolot, the Minister of State for Energy says GIS offers multi-layered solutions and plays a crucial role in identifying underserved rural areas that should be prioritized for energy expansion, aligning with the country’s goal of universal access by 2040 to alleviate poverty.
Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako, the Chief Executive Officer of the Electricity Regulatory Authority – ERA notes that Uganda is experiencing economic growth and rapid urbanization, which drive a steady increase in energy demand.
Enforcement teams from the two government agencies jointly conducted impromptu operations this week clamping down on illegal fuel dealers who included single-pump fuel retailers, those selling adulterated fuel, and stations with compromised fuel pumps that cheat clients.
Tororo South County Member of Parliament Fredrick Angura said that the ministry did not receive sufficient funding under the Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2023/2024 due to the under-absorption of resources meant for REA.
Bernadette Nassuna, the Vice Chairperson of Bukulula sub-county, said they are considering generating a formal petition to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development requesting that their area be included in the second round of the free electricity connections program.
Lawrence Kimbowa, UETCL’s Acting Principal Public Relations Officer disclosed that a total of 52 high voltage electricity pylons were destroyed by the vandals and now require over 37 billion Shillings to replace. Building a single pylon or tower costs approximately 365 million Shillings.
Chaired by the President, the Council comprises the Vice President, Ministers of Internal and Foreign Affairs, Security, Defense, Finance, and the Attorney General while the Inspector General of Police, Army Commander, and Internal and External Security Organizations Directors, among others as ex-officials.
Medard Sseggona Lubega, the Busiiro County East Member of Parliament while debating the Government’s request to borrow up to US$331.5 million approximately 1.242 trillion Shillings from the World Bank to support the electricity access scale-up project opposed the merger of REA with the Energy Ministry.
On Wednesday, the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited – UETCL, without giving reasons announced on its social media pages that they are experiencing a national blackout. “We shall keep you updated as we work on restoration of power. All inconveniences caused are regretted,” read the UETCL message to its stakeholders.