UGANDA Electricity Board (UEB) has refurbished and extended the electric transmission network to 450 sub-stations around the country in a $30m project.
The move is aimed at improving the reliability of the power generated by the new Kira dam extension.
UEBâ€™s managing director Grania Rubomboras said work in the sub-stations of Kampala North, Lugogo, Mutundwe, Lira, Tororo, Nalubaale had been completed.
Rubomboras said work was going on in Soroti (Opuyo sub-station), Mubende (Nkonge substation) and Kasese (Nkenda sub-station).
She said about 450 distribution sub-stations had been constructed to reduce technical losses in the distribution network.
Rubomboras said the Urban Power Rehabilitation Project has covered Kampala, Jinja, and Tororo.
She said about 260km of 11KV and the low voltage distribution networks had been rehabilitated.
Rubomboras said 37km of new lines were constructed.
The project coordinator, Paul Baringanire, said the project has been implemented in three phases since 1999 and will be completed in September this year.
Baringanire said the project has increased transformer capacity and improved power reliability by equipping all the stations with modern facilities.
â€œThis enables controlling from the system control centre in Lugogo efficient,â€ he said.
Baringanire said the extension of the system control and data acquisition ensures that the system status can be controlled on line.
He said the sub-stations of Lira, Masaka West and Mbarara North were about to be boosted with new power transformers under a project financed by Nordic Development Fund.
â€œThis will ensure that in case of failure or maintenance of one of the power transformers, power can still be supplied by using the second unit,â€ Baringanire said.
UEB spends $30m in stations upgrade