Business
West Nile power line extension begins
Publish Date: Nov 15, 2013
West Nile power line extension begins
Nyagak Hydro-Power station in Zombo district.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Ayiga Ondoga

THE Government has started the extension of power from Nyagak Hydro-Power station in Zombo district to other districts in West Nile region.

The extension which is intended to boost industrial development is funded by a grant worth over sh44.2b (13 million Euros) from the German government.

State minister for energy, Eng. Simon D’Ujanga said the initial extension programme which is to take 18 months will cover Zombo, Nebbi, Arua, Maracha, Koboko and Yumbe districts.

“The implementation of the power lines extension is undertaken by three contractors.  One contractor is planting the poles from Nebbi, Paidha, Nyapea, Zombo, Warr, Alangi, Logiri to Vurra in Arua district while the second contractor is planting the power poles from Nebbi, Nyaravur, Angal, Parombo, Panyimur to Pakwach town,” he said.

The last contractor is implementing the power line extension from Arua town, Maracha, Koboko, Oraba to Yumbe.

“By the time the power was switched on, the demand was only 2MW but the demand has now increased tremendously,” D’Ujanga noted. 

He said this has made the Government consider the construction of a third power station, Nyagak 3 a few kilometers from Nyagak 1.

“The construction of the 4.5 mega-watt Nyagak 3 power station has already started with the construction of access roads to the site in Zombo district. The over $15m project will begin early next year because the money for construction is already there,” D’Ujanga said.

“With the construction of Nyagak 3, the connection of the region to the main grid at Olwiiyo and later the construction of Olewa power station will create constant power supply in the region. This will boost the numerous small scale cottage industries such as furniture making and metal fabrication to fight poverty.”

“The 18-month project to connect the districts mentioned to power supply will soon be launched by President Yoweri Museveni in Arua. My appeal to the people of West Nile is to wire their houses properly in readiness for electricity,” D’Ujanga said.

The minister appealed to the people whose land will be affected by the erecting of the electricity poles to cooperate with the contractors to allow the smooth implementation of the power line extension because the government will compensate them.

“The local leaders should mobilise and sensitise their people about the importance of the project by offering their plots for the erecting of the poles which will benefit them because government will compensate for the affected crops and trees in their gardens.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
82 Ugandan companies enter EAC market
Eighty-two new small to medium Ugandan companies have managed to break into the East African market since 2009, according to the Uganda Exports Promotions Board (UEPB)....
Merck buys rights to NewLink
US drugmaker Merck has bought the rights to an experimental Ebola vaccine being developed by NewLink Genetics, the companies have said....
MTN tops most admired, valuable African Brand
MTN has again topped the Brand Africa 100® list as the most admired and most valuable African Brand. At over $5.4b, MTN is the only African brand valued over a billion dollars....
17 business personalities awarded American honorary doctorates
A group of 17 personalities with footprints in business and humanitarian circles, have been awarded honorary philosophy doctorates in humanities by an American institution, for positive transformation of society....
Egypt to offer projects to domestic, foreign investors
Egypt will offer a slew of projects to domestic and foreign investors at a conference in March aimed at kick-starting an economy battered by years of political unrest....
Students’ involvement in investment negotiations is key
University students have been urged to get involved in negotiations of trade, bilateral and investment agreements rather than leaving it to technocrats and politicians....
Should Govt lease parts of Lake Victoria to private developers?
Its Ok
No Way
Not Sure
follow us
subscribe to our news letter