Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a concerted effort to enhance its technical capabilities in power generation. The training institute to be set up by the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) with support from the Chinese Government and National Research Institute for Rural Electrification (NRIRE)/Hangzhou Regional Centre (Asia& Pacific) for Small Hydro Power (HRC-China), will be the first of its kind in the East and Central, Africa region. It will serve as a regional resource center in the energy sector for Hydropower and other renewable energies.
The training centre will be built under the terms of a landmark agreement signed by UEGCL and HRC-China. The multimillion facility will also offer internship and research opportunities for young engineers in the energy sector and undergraduate students on engineering programs in various institutions of higher learning in the Great Lakes region.
This expansion of knowledge and skills in hydropower will go a long way in developing the hydro power potential sites all over the country and the East Africa region, according to Dr. Eng. Harrison Mutikanga, the Chief executive Officer of UEGCL. The agreement signed at Serena Hotel Kampala by Dr. Eng. Harrison Mutikanga on behalf of UEGCL and Prof. Cheng Xialei for HRC-China, will enable the two entities tounder take technical cooperation in the areas of training, sharing research findings and experience, setting up laboratories and simulators, transfer of technology, development of syllabus and training materials and provision of consultancy services, among others.
The cooperation between UEGCL and HRC-China comes at a time when Government has placed emphasis on making Uganda a regional hub for the industrial sector by providing affordable electricity tariffs for manufacturing and value addition.