By James Mututa
KAMPALA, Uganda, Government has commissioned the upgraded queen’s way power station that will supply Kampala Central Business District and Entebbe areas with reliable power.
In a speech read for him by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, President Yoweri Museveni said that one of the benefits of the Queen’s way station will be increased and reliable power supply to the Kampala Central Business District which he said is a sensitive business area.
The President commented the Japanese government for the US$16million grant fund for the project in which Uganda counter funded with US$5 million.
According to the Minister for Energy and Mineral Development Ms Irene Muloni, the substation that cost about Shs80 billion to upgrade from 33KVA to 132KVA is to deliver power to Kampala and Entebbe relieving excess load on the primary transmission stations of Mutundwe, Lugogo, Kawaala and Kampala North.
This comes just days after Government launched a new 10 year electricity connection policy that will offer free electricity connection for rural households to electricity in bid increase on rural social transformation as envisaged in the Government Development plan 2020.
The government plan commissioned at Kitswamba sub county in Kasese district on August14, 2018, aims at increasing the annual number of connections in the rural areas from the current 70,000 to 300,000 by 2027.
The new policy of the electricity connection will pave way for free connection to eligible customers who are within one pole service as a motivation for the rural household to access power and improve their living conditions.
The President called upon implementers of the policy to ensure timely delivery of projects saying government expects additional generation capacity in the near future adding that Government had already suppressed the power demand.
President Museveni said that the government took a strategic position to prioritize the energy sector saying, besides being a crucial catalyst to social economic transformation, energy is directly linked to economic growth and transformation and central to the attainment of all sustainable development goals.
Ms. Irene Muloni, the Minister for Energy and Mineral said government under the Rural Electrification Strategy 2013/2022 has been extending power to various parts in the country now standing at 22.5 percent saying with the new policy, government hopes to achieve 60 percent power coverage by 2027.
While in Kasese, the Vice President commissioned the 9.2 Mega Watt Nyamwamba Small Hydropower Project in Kasese Municipality and Nkenda–Hoima transmission line in Bugoye subcounty which will also evacuate 50 Mega Watt thermal power from Kabale and other small power units in the project area.
Accordingly, the 230km Nkenda-Hoima power line project was financed by a grant from the Government of Norway amounting to 50million dollars, 23million dollars by the French development agency while about 9 million dollars from the African Development Bank.