The 183 megawatt (MW) Isimba hydro power dam has been launched after 47 months of construction. The new dam brings Uganda’s total electricity production to 1,167MW- over 1,100 of which is from hydro power. This gives the country a rating of average producer by Africa regional standards. However, when Karuma is brought on line at the end of this year with 600MW, Uganda’s total production will jump to over 1, 700MW, putting the country among the top quartile of high electricity producers on the continent.
By Jacob Okwii.
In what can be seen as a major turn towards oil production, the government of Uganda has signed an agreement with a consortium that will fund and develop the country’s oil refinery. This is one of the two major upstream oil activities the country has been pursuing in its long drawn oil exploration history. The other is the construction of the pipeline to take crude to the coast for export.
President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned the first phase and performed the ground-breaking for the second phase, of the Lirima Gravity Flow Scheme on River Lwakhakha in Bukhoho Sub-County, Namisindwa district.
Funded by the African Development Bank under the Water Supply and Sanitation Program 1, the first phase of the scheme has installed water supplies in the sub counties of Bukokho, Bumbo, Magale, Bubutu, Bunabwana, Butiru and Sisuni.
A summit intended to discuss how to unlock investment in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and to whet investor appetite on the sectors in East Africa, will take place in Kampala between 6 -8 February 2018.
The East Africa Energy and Infrastructure summit, organised by the UK based Energynet, will bring together representatives of government from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The summit will attract leaders of utility and regulatory companies, international financiers, donor organisations, power developers from within and without the region,
By Jacob Okwii
As Uganda intensifies her quest to have nuclear energy on the national grid by 2031, the head of Nuclear Energy unit in the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, has disclosed that 15 percent of all consumables required in the construction of five planned nuclear power plants, will be from local content.
Sarah Nafuna Mudoko made this revelation in an interview with The Infrastructure Magazine, stressing that Uganda is on track with the plans to develop nuclear energy facilities by 2031.
By Jacob Okwii
The Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Uganda and that of Russia provides a framework for enhancing Uganda’s research capability and development of peaceful power and non-power application of nuclear energy.