This year, UEGCL participated in the CEO Forum and was at the center of the dialogue under the theme Financing Uganda into a middle income Economy with specifics on “Power, Potential, Prospects and pitfalls”.
During the discussion, UEGCL emphasized that;
Given the capita target of 578 kWh, Population growth of 3% annum, allowing 18% system losses and system load factor of 69%, Uganda will require 4,800 MW by 2020. To attain Lower middle income status (745 kWh per capita), Uganda will need 6,200 MW installed capacity by 2020.
UEGCL Strategic Direction
• In line with the Vision 2040 and NDP II aspirations of having a more competitive economy, GoU re-defined UEGCL’s mandate to include:
Implementation and later Operation & Maintenance of both GoU flagship HPPs and own Projects in addition to concession monitoring.
• UEGCL designed a 3 year strategic plan (2015-2017) to contribute towards the national agenda through the new Vision, which is:-
“To be a leading Power producer in the Great Lakes Region and is committed to increase generation installed capacity (for Hydro power) from the current 853 MW to 1686 MW by 2020 .Other Supply Prospects are also being explored to ensure supply runs ahead of demand.
Supply Prospects (On-Going/Future Projects)
On-going Projects, Karuma and Isimba will add 783 MW +SHPPs totaling about 36.3 MW will add 819.3 to the Grid. But a 1,638 MW deficit remains.
Government therefore needs to fast track development of four cascade hydropower plants along river Nile including:
• Ayago: 840 MW
• Oriang: 392 MW
• Kiba: 288 MW
• Murchison: 648 MW
UEGCL Strategic Priority Areas
• Preparation for O&M of Karuma and Isimba as a means of ensuring indigenous development of capacity and ensuring cost effective delivery of services.
• Capacity Building through Training and benchmarking of services, ICH, HRC
• Research and Development to improve both Operational and Project development efficiency (Partnerships being developed with CEDAT, CREEC, UIRI, ICH etc)
• Establishment of a Hydropower Vocational Training Centre for manpower capacity development
• Lack of adequate manpower within the sector
• Need for coordinated holistic planning in which generation planning and development is carried out in tandem with downstream transmission and distribution.
• Need to increase access
• Need to ensure cost effective financing and development of Plants so as to ensure affordable end user tariffs
UEGCL has strategically positioned itself for the challenge of transforming Uganda into a Middle Income Country. The unit cost of electricity to be generated from the on-going projects will be low– a key aspect for sustainable socio-economic growth
With the domestication and management of the Plants UEGCL will ensure posterity of the assets for the current and future Generations.