Kampala- The government has received a $80 million (about Shs198 billion) loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to finance construction of a 160-kilometre power line in the Karamoja sub region.
Documents seen by this newspaper indicate the power line will stretch from Soroti District at the termination point at Opuyo substation, through Amuria, Katakwi to Moroto District.
Uganda Electricity Transmission Limited (UETCL)’s head of communications, Mr Kenneth Otim, told the Daily Monitor that under the project, a 132/33kV-50MVA substation will be constructed at Katiketile to step down supply and distribution lines constructed to 26 villages in the Karamoja region under the rural electrification programme.
“The project is basically intended to extend Karamoja to the national grid to supply power to the proposed mining industries, Moroto Town, Katiketile and its environs,” he said.
Also set to benefit from the project is Moroto Industrial Business Park (IBP).
According to the Uganda Investment Authority, land for the Moroto IBP averaging to 417 hectares was procured in the financial year 2013/13 but surveys and a master plan are yet to be conducted.
Feasibility studies for the power line have been done by a consultancy firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa Ltd from South Africa, funded by the World Bank.
“Electricity supply to Karamoja will attract more mining investors,” Mr Otim noted.
Meanwhile, UETCL last week revealed plans to promote industrialisation in the eastern and northern regions through ensuring adequate power supply.