Uganda and Tanzania have committed to the construction of the 400 kV Masaka-Mutukula-Kyaka-Nyakanazi-Mwanza transmission line. Uganda will sell surplus electricity and Tanzania will meet its electricity needs.
During their two-day state visit to Kampala last week, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu and her Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni witnessed the signing of a government memorandum of understanding for the development of the 400 kV transmission line connecting the two countries.
Henry Okello Oryem, Minister for International Affairs in Uganda, and Liberata Mulamula, Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation in Tanzania, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective countries.
Officials at Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETCL) said it was too early to talk about the launch, costs and completion details.
“The MoU has just been signed which means nothing has really been done [before] fundraising, feasibility study n and so on,” said Pamela Nalwanga Byoruganda, the UETCL spokeswoman.
With additional generation from Karuma and other small ler hydroelectric plants, Uganda’s total installed capacity will increase from the current 1,346.6 MW to almost 2000 MW, versus the country’s peak electricity demand of 794 MW, the electricity regulator said.
Tanzania’s electricity demand is growing at 13.82% annually and will exceed the country’s installed capacity.< /p>
According to the Global Transmission Report, Tanzania’s electricity demand is expected to increase from 10,176 GWh in 2022 to 28,663 GWh in 2030, which will require approximately 9,000 MW of new electricity generation over the next eight years.
< p>According to UETCL, Uganda exports electricity to Kenya, Tanzania, DRC and South Sudan,
In the period between June 2020 and June 2021, Uganda exported a total of 294.1 MW, giving the country 26.84 million brought in US dollars, opposite r 24.5 million US dollars was earned from 246.3 MW last year, a Bank of Uganda report for the sector shows.
The cent Ral Bank said that export earnings in recent years, with Kenya being the largest exporter.