Energy & Mineral Development Minister Eng. Irene Muloni has told the NRM Parliamentary Caucus here in Kyankwanzi that over the medium term, her Ministry has aligned well its priorities to the NDP II & the NRM Manifesto 2016-2021.
She has disclosed that Isimba Hydro Power Project (183MW) is ready for commissioning next Thursday on 21st March while Karuma Project (600MW) will be commissioned at the end of the year. Agago-Achwa Project (42MW) is undergoing final commissioning test.
The Minister further stated that when the two Power Projects are commissioned & fully absorbed, the weighted tarrif will reduce from the current Ug Shs.243.43 to Ug. Shs. 200.93, representing a reduction of 17.45%.
She added that in a bid to increase the Country’s generation capacity, Government is implementing additional Projects that include Achwa II (47MW), Muzizi (44.7MW), Kikagati (16MW), Nyagak III (5.5 MW), Sindila (5.24MW), Nyamugasani (5MW), Nengo Bridge (5MW) & Ndugutu (4.8MW).
REA TARGETING 3000 CONNECTIONS ANNUALLY
Under the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Minister Muloni said they are already implementing the Electricity Connections Policy as approved vy Government in 2018. In this arrangement, Govt will subsidize fully the cost of electricity connection materials, enabling citizens ready for electricity consumption to access free connection materials.
This policy aims at achieving about 300,000 connections annually & electricity access is expected to increase from the current National Coverage of 23% to 28% by the end of this Financial Year.
Over 9,700 Kms of Medium Voltage (MV) Power lines and aporoximately 6,500 Kms of Low Voltage (LV) distribution lines have already been completed. 3,900 Km of LV Power lines are under implementation while another 1,900 Km of MV and 1700 Km of LV power are under procurement.
ELECTRIFICATION OF SUB COUNTIES
In her presentation, Hon Mulini said 893 Sub County Headquarters are already electrified and construction is underway to electrify 226 more Sub County Headquarters.
Procurement for EPCs is also ongoing and will electrify 91 more Sub Counties, 54 others will be connected under the rural electrification off-grid Project and 590 others will be catered for under the EXIM Bank Project. She further revealed that connection of District Headquarters had been given priority with the only remaining two districts of Kaabong & Kotido getting connected by the end of this Financial Year.
In order to harness wind resources in the country, Minister Muloni told the caucus that Govt had embarked on the investigation of the wind energy resources in Kaabong, Karamoja Sub Region & that a wind map & pilot wind power were being developed.
She further disclosed that the NRM Govt had also signed an MoU with the State of Israel on Renewable Energy & Agriculture Development Project that will focus on the establishment of 200 kW biogas project for electricity generation & organic fertilizer production.
THE PETROLEUM SECTOR
Hon Muloni said her Ministry is tasked to build oil refinery with capacity to produce 60,000 barrels per day. Three exploration licenses were in 2016 issued to Oranto and Armor Energy companies which are now reviewing existing data & preparing to undertake seismic surveys.
Govt plans to launch the second Licensing round at the East Africa Petroleum Conference & Exhibition 2019 to be held in Mombasa, Kenya.
On the upstream peteoleum sector, the Minister said progress on Moroto-Kadam basin was approximately 285-line Km of geophysical and 1500 sq Km of geoligical data coverage which presents a basin coversge of about 40%. MPs were further told that the work done so far shows evedence of possible presence of a working petroleum system as demonstrated by the encountered oil seep & potential source rocks.
KABAALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Kabaale/Hoima Airport and tetminal master plan & detailed engineering designs for Phase I were completed. The Minister said the construction of the First Phase commenced & is expected to be completed by quarter 4 of this year.
The ongoing activities according to the Minister include site clearance, earthworks involving levelling, construction of offices, workshops and labour camps among others.
The Retreat ends on Wednesday.