With the hundreds and millions of complaints about the power black outs at home ,Uganda is set to sell out power to South Sudan. It is not clear how much uganda will sell the power however both sides have entered a Power Sales Agreement that will see power from Uganda light up Nimule, Kata, Oraba and Elegu . The power transmission lines are estimated to be 308km line from Olwiyo to Juba, less than half of which (138km) is located on the Ugandan side.
Power Substations of Olwiyo and Bibia, plus the Juba Substation will also be expanded as the works keep going on.
Dr Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development led the Uganda Government delegation to Juba for the execution, while her counterpart, Mr Peter Marcello Jelenge, represented the South Sudan government at the signing of the ideal.
Uganda’s Energy Ministry Permanent Secretary, Ms Irene Bateebe, signed the PSA on Uganda’s behalf, while Mr Beck Awan Deng, the General Manager of South Sudan Electricity Cooperation (SSEC), signed on behalf of his country.
Nankabirwa said “We would like to see projects that benefit both the people of Uganda and South Sudan…We will take power from small towns in Uganda, such as Elegu and Oraba. Similarly, the people at the border of such as Nimule and Kaya in South Sudan shall be supplied with power from Uganda,”
This comes as Uganda’s export of power to Kenya rises to 67 per cent owing to a reduction in power tariffs.
Uganda, through, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), which is in charge of bulk electricity supplies, imports and exports power to different East African countries including Kenya, which mainly requests for support to its western grid.