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Germany approves Shs73b for new Entebbe power line

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By FREDERIC MUSISI

Posted  Monday, March 31  2014 at  19:55
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Kampala.
The German government has committed Shs73.4 billion to finance the construction of a new 132Kilo Volts (kV) line from Mutundwe to Entebbe Town, in Wakiso District to supplement the existing one that is prone to frequent breakdowns.

The grant, through the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), will construct the 35 kilometers line to address the ever-escalating power supply crises in Entebbe, a commercial and industrial hub, and neighbouring areas in the Lake Victoria peninsular.
The fund will be processed through Germany’ international bank for development, Kfw.

Attempts of speak to the Kfw country director, Anja Kramer, were futile as she was reportedly on leave.
But the Daily Monitor understands the government signed for a €uro6 million (Shs20.7 billion) grant and a loan of €uro15 million (Shs59 billion) to construct a double circuit transmission line.
A double circuit transmission/tower lines are used to transmit power along very long distances.

UETCL’ head of communications, Kenneth Otim, confirmed the development, saying, it will boost power supply around the L. Victoria areas.
UETCL has already contracted a consultancy firm, Newplan Limited, to conduct an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) study.

The company will also implement the RAP, relocation or eviction of those affected by the project—Project Affected Persons
UETCL says the least cost option to meet Entebbe demand for the future is to construct a 132kV double circuit transmission line from Mutundwe substation in Kampala to the proposed new 132/33kv Entebbe substation.
The [Uganda] government will meet costs to finance the implementation of the RAP process.

Power loans
Granted. The Parliamentary committees on National Economy and that of Natural Resources, last year gave green light for loans mounting to Shs149billion to boost power sufficiency in the country.