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Entebbe to get new power line

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th March 2009 03:00 AM

A 132kV power transmission line from Mutundwe to Entebbe is to be constructed, the energy state minister, Simon D’Ujanga, has said. D’Ujanga said the project would start immediately after the German consultant, Lahmeyer International, finishes the fea

By Aidah Nanyonjo

A 132kV power transmission line from Mutundwe to Entebbe is to be constructed, the energy state minister, Simon D’Ujanga, has said. D’Ujanga said the project would start immediately after the German consultant, Lahmeyer International, finishes the feasibility studies.

“Germany has accepted to allocate sh10m euros (about sh25b) to develop the energy sector this year,” he said, adding that the number of factories in Entebbe had gone up, leading to an increase in the demand for power.

“The two power lines that have been there are over- powered. They cannot supply enough power to the increasing population,” D’Ujanga observed. The minister was meeting a German delegation lead by Dr. Gabriele Geier to discuss challenges of the energy sector in Uganda and cooperation between the two countries.

The head of the German delegation, Geier, said: “We find it difficult to convince our parliament to allocate such big sums of money to Uganda, especially during this economic crisis. But if the funds can be utilised well, that gives us a chance to lobby for more.”

Entebbe to get new power line

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