Uganda making progress to strengthen energy infrastructure

first_img Previous articleDRC holds renewable energy potential, reveals studyNext articleAlgeria: airport to install a 1.39MW PV rooftop system Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Finance and Policy Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stock Featured image: Stock Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, has confirmed that its partnership with the Ugandan government to strengthen the country’s energy infrastructure is coming along well.According to CIO East Africa, Dall’Omo said this while speaking at a recently held seminar, Future Energy Uganda in Kampala.He said since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in May this year, there has been significant progress to pinpoint areas of collaboration.“At a high-level we have identified priority activities to strengthen the transmission grid and create innovative business-driven solutions that are practical, affordable, reliable and sustainable to electrify Uganda’s rural households,” Dall’Omo said.It is reported that the east African country has one of the lowest electricity access rates by global and regional standards, with national access to grid electricity of less than 22% and only 7% of the rural population is currently electrified.However, in the World Bank report titled ‘Making Power Affordable for Africa and Viable for its Utilities’, Uganda is leading as the country with the most efficient power utilities among 39 countries surveyed in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more…Strengthening energy infrastructureMedia highlighted that increasing electrification is a major drive to achieve national social and economic development objectives under the country’s vision for 2040.CIO East Africa cited the the Electricity Regulator Authority stating that approximately $2,5 billion will need to be invested by 2026 in both the transmission and distribution system to support the grid expansion.“We know that a reliable and extensive power supply system is the fundamental pre-requisite for economic growth, while infrastructure and oil sector investments are likely to support growth in Uganda over the medium term.“The potential exists for Uganda to diversify its economy and create opportunities for industrialisation that will increase electricity demand, create sustainable revenue streams and opportunities for job creation,” Dall’Omo noted.center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img