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.
In what will be a first of its kind, a factory operating on solar power could be launched in Kampala before the end December (2017), The Infrastructure Magazine can exclusively reveal. If this happens, this will be a real game changer in energy use in Uganda, as this will be the very first time that a factory outfit will be running on solar energy.
By Jacob Okwii
In a bid to bring about efficiency in operation and lowering the costs of energy in the country, the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) has put in place an Operation & Maintenance (O&M) strategy and Business Model to govern its operation. The strategy focuses on attaining efficiency and financial sustainability through sound business principles and ensuring a long life span of its assets.