Umeme Ltd has invested US$15.2M (Ugx55.7billion) into two big power projects to boost electricity supply quality and reliability in Mbale City and the Elgon subregion, a home to 5 million Ugandans.
Mbale and Elgon sub-region’s electricity demand averages 20MW, but given the recent elevation to City status, the Government’s push for industrialization and the establishment of the Mbale Industrial Park, demand for power is expected to surge.
The Umeme Elgon sub-region covers Mbale City, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Bubulo, Butaleja, Kibuku, Pallisa, Bukedea, Kumi, Soroti and Kapchorwa.
The two projects are the US$9.23m (UGX34b) Siti 2 Project and the US$5.99m (about UGX22b) Mbale Industrial Park Project. Once complete, the two projects will grow Mbale’s electricity supply from the current 20MW to 61MW, a 205% growth.
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“As Mbale City is growing, we also want to grow with them by investing in the network to provide reliable power but also meet the increasing demand,” Selestino Babungi, Umeme’s Managing Director explains.
The Siti 2 Project includes a 125-kilometre 33kV single circuit double poles line, evacuating power from the 16.5MW Siti 2 Hydro Power Project on River Siti in Bukwo District to Umeme’s sub-station in Mbale.