By Apollo Mubiru
Uganda is considering the use of nuclear energy to supplement hydro-power, President Yowri Museveni has said.
The President said a developed Uganda would need a lot of energy (50,000 megawatts or more) which cannot be got from hydro-power even if all the sites that are not yet exploited are complete. This he said in the State of the Nation Address today.
Such sites include: Kalagala, Isimba, Karuma, Ayago, Murchison falls, Kiba, Korianga, Agago, Muzizi; and over 40 small hydro-power sites.
President Museveni shakes hands with Deputy Speaker os Parliament Jacob Oulanyah upon arrival while Speaker Rebecca Kadaga looks on. Photo by Enock Kakande
President Museveni said a developed Uganda would need alot of energy to meet demand. Photo by Enock Kakande
“We shall have some more energy from the geo-thermal (may be 1,000 megawatts or there about). Yet a developed Uganda needs a lot energy ─ 50,000 megawatts or more."
"Meanwhile I prepare the country for the option of the nuclear energy because for that one, we have got endless supply. The composite growth for the whole economy has improved even before the bottlenecks have been removed,” Museveni said.
Museveni however, said that if the cost per unit for solar energy goes down, then the solar energy will be the solution.
Uganda - State of the Nation Address 2014 by The New Vision