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Uganda’s Generation capacity to reach 3,500MW by 2018

The Government of Uganda has targeted to increase an addition 2,500MW in 2018 to meet the increasing demand.

 

Currently Uganda has a short term surplus situation, but the rapidly growing demand (10% p.a) will overturn this status if no new power generation is commissioned in the medium term.

 

Uganda’s peak power system demand currently stands at 500 MW against an installed generation capacity of 851.53MW with a firm capacity of 496 MW that varies in accordance with the prevailing hydrological conditions.

 

Uganda’s electricity consumption lies at 90 kWh per capita (2012). The national electrification rate is 14% for its 32 million population (growing at the rate of 3.2%, 2009). The substantial discovery of oil resources is expected to boost the economic growth.

 

The total grid electricity supply has increased from 3039GWh in 2013 to 3,203 GWh in 2014) in Uganda, raising the per capita income to US$420.

 

Electricity generation capacity in Uganda has increased from 595MW in 2011 to 851.53 MW in 2014, including 100MW of thermal power on stand-by. This generation capacity includes: Nalubale (180MW), Kiira (200MW), Bujagali (250MW), Electromaxx (50MW), Jacobsen (50MW), Kakira (50MW) and Kilembe Cobalt (KCCL (9MW). Other small stations include Kinyara (5MW), Mubuku (5MW), Ishasha (6.5MW), Mpanga (18MW), Bugoye (13MW), Kabalega (9MW), Nyagak 1 (3.5MW), Kisiizi (0.35MW), Kuluva (0.12MW), Kagando (2MW) and off grid thermal plants (2MW).

 

In the forthcoming year, Government will fast-track the construction of the Karuma and Isimba Hydropower Projects (600MW and 183MW respectively), other mini-hydro power projects such as Muzizi HPP, construction of at least Five Small Hydropower plants (Nyamwamba 9.2MW, Siti 1 5MW, Waki 5MW, Rwimi 5.4MW, Kikagati 16MW and at Nengo Bridge 7.5MW) as well as construction of transmission lines under the Rural Electrification Programme. Feasibility studies for other hydropower projects are on ongoing.

 

Government will also construct a total of 2,002 Km of transmission lines across the country. These include Bujagali-Tororo-Lessos (220kV), Mbarara – Mirama Hill - Birembo (220 kV), Mbarara – Nkenda (132kV), Tororo – Opuyo –Lira (132kV), Kawanda – Masaka (220kV), Nkenda – Fort Portal – Hoima (220kV) Isimba Interconnection Project (132kV), Karuma – Kawanda (400kV), Karuma - Lira (220kV); Mutundwe – Entebbe (132kV) and new substations.

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