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UETCL COMMENCES CONSTRUCTION IN NAMANVE INDUSTRIAL PARK SUBSTATION

UETCL Project Manager, Mr. Mark Namungo (pink shirt), UETCL senior PRO Mr. Kenneth Otim (in blue overall), CAMC project Manager, Mr. Bao Yihongo (right) at NEK Consultants at the ground breaking for Namanve south Industrial park substation

The Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL)has today started construction phase for the Namanve South Industrial Park substation to meet the required future power demand at the growing Kampala Business Industrial Park at Namanve.

The Namanve South Industrial Park substation and associated 132kV transmission line will provide adequate, reliable and efficient power supply to the small, medium and large scale industrial loads located at the industrial park and its environs.

UETCL has contracted China CAMC Engineering Company Ltd to construct the Namanve, Luzira, Mukono and Iganga Industrial parks a with the objective of promoting industrialization.

The industrial parks power substation and transmission lines project will entail extension of the national electricity grid backbone by constructing approximately 35km of the 132kV transmission lines. These will include construction of a 5km 132kV metallic transmission line from the 132kV Nalubaale - Namanve transmission line to the proposed Namanve south industrial park substation, a 15 km of 132kV transmission line from the proposed Namanve south industrial park substation to the proposed Luzira industrial park substation, an 5km of 132kV transmission line from the existing 132kV Nalubaale-Namanve transmission line to the proposed Mukono industrial park substation and a 10km 132kV transmission line from the existing Bujagali-Tororo 132kV to the proposed Iganga industrial park substation.

Speaking at the function UETCL Projects Manager Mr. Namungo Mark said that project sites have been handed over to CAMCE to commence construction phase of the substations. “We have handed over substation sites for Namanve South and Mukono Industrial Parks successfully. We however, need an extra acre for the Luzira substation in addition to the already acquired 2 acres and access road to the Iganga substation respectively before works can commence” he said.

Mr.Namungo said that UETCL is continuing to compensate persons affected by the Mukono and Iganga industrial parks transmission lines corridors and will wait for the Attorney General’s opinion on issues relating to the Luzira industrial park transmission line. He also said that UETCL will wait for the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to hand over the Namanve South Industrial park transmission line corridor.

 

The Projects manager for CAMC Mr. Bao Yihong said that they intend to complete the projects by end of 2018 if UETCL can avail access to the Luzira and Iganga substations sites and transmission line corridors. “We have dedicated huge effort to secure a quality project and It took us much time to secure the funding so there will be no compromise on quality of works” he said.

 

UETCL Senior public relations officer Mr. Kenneth Otim said that UETCL intends to avail the entire transmission line corridors for construction before end of this year and shall engage with government and all stakeholders to incorporate their concerns during the construction works to complete the project on time.

 

Otim said once the project is completed, there will be minimal diesel generators for industries in the industrial parks because of the provision of a reliable and efficient power supply and an increase in income generating activities.

 

NEK consults will supervise the project during the entire construction phase until commissioning and the official expected completion date is April 2019.

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