Sunday, November 2, 2008

Uganda to export power to Sudan, Congo

Wednesday, 29th October, 2008

UGANDA plans to export power to the DR Congo and Sudan under the East African Power Master Plan,reports Madinah Tebajjukira.

Energy minister Daudi Migereko on Tuesday told MPs on government assurances that the Government would export 220 kilo-volts to Lessos in Kenya from the Jinja-based Nalubale dam, 130 kilo-volts to Beni in Congo from Nkenda power station in Kasese and 220 kilo-volts from Karuma dam, which is under construction, to Juba in Sudan.

Minerals state minister Kamanda Bataringaya said Uganda exports power to Kenya and Rwanda, but he could not give how much is exported. He side in turn, Rwanda also exports power to Uganda, which is used by people in Kisoro district.

Migereko said the programme would start soon, since the country was experiencing heavy rains which would improve power generation.

He said the amount at which the power will be sold out had not yet been agreed. “That is something that the regulatory authority needs to work out,” Migereko maintained.

He said the move was to ensure that each country in the region had power.

Uganda currently generates only about 135MW from its hydropower complex in Jinja and 150MW of thermal power. This totals to about 285MW. The country requires about 380MW, causing a deficit of 95MW, a situation that leads to loadshedding.