Energy in Uganda

  • Uganda Seeks Chinese Cooperation In Nuclear Energy

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 A delegation from Uganda has visited China to familiarise itself with nuclear energy technology and to discuss cooperation. The African country plans to introduce nuclear into its next energy mix. The delegation – led by Prisca Boonabantu, undersecretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Improvment– comprised representatives from the ministry, the Uganda Atomic Energy Council and from Uganda’s embassy in Beijing. The visit took place on 2-5 May and was organised by China Zhonguan Engineering Corporation (CZEC), a subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). It followed a visit of Chinese officials to Kampala in March last year.
  • How to boost private sector investment in Africa’s electricity infrastructure

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 A new World Bank statement has called for increased private sector investment in Africa’s under-developed electricity transmission infrastructure, a vital ingredient for reaching Africa’s energy goals. The statement which was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday by the World Bank indicated that Africa lags behind the rest of the world at the same time as it comes to electricity, with just 35 % of the people with access to power and a generation capacity of only 100 GW. According to the statement those who do have power typically consume relatively little, face frequent outages and pay high prices.
  • uganda Refutes Power Import Claims By Kenya

    KENYA, 2015/10/09 Barely three days after Kenya power regulators said they have doubled their power exports to Uganda, a senior official from ministry of Energy has refuted the claims. On Sunday the Daily Monitor sister newspaper Business Daily reported that Kenya had since more than doubled its electricity sales to Uganda. In the report, it was stated that a total of 26.56 million Kilowatt-hours (kWh) were being exported to Uganda and Tanzania over the last 12 months up from 12.63 million kWh indicating a 110.2 per cent growth. In an interview with ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary Kabagambe Kaliisa, it emerged that there has never been such a commercial transaction between the two neighbouring countries. He said: "There are no direct commercial power exports from Kenya to Uganda."
  • Uganda Ranks Low in Grid Power

    UGANDA, 2013/07/02 Uganda ranks lowly in the East African Community in terms of providing grid electricity. In a new connectivity study conducted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics on behalf of the energy ministry, 'Energy for Rural Transformation' it is stated that out of the 37 million Ugandans, only 14% have access to grid electricity. Senior Statistician, Paul Okidi said: "In our study the major people of Ugandans are depending on paraffin as source of energy particularly in the rural areas in the country."
  • African energy environment seems rather dynamic at present

    BOTSWANA, 2013/07/02 Cross Border Data’s African Energy Atlas 2013 has just come out. What does is tell us about the continent’s energy reserves, production and next prospects? This annual publication is largely comprised by a selection of maps detailing everything from major continental rail and road connections, patterns of political risk, energy infrastructure, country-by-country power supply, oil and gas reserves and downstream hydrocarbons markets. Maps are drawn/updated annually by ‘journalist mapmaker’ David Burles and an introductory piece describes the process of production as requiring the application of investigative techniques to obtain even the majority basic data. Data on the continent’s energy environment has been built up using “not only maps, but as well press releases, news statement and good old-fashioned journalistic legwork”.
  • The Civil Society Coalition on Oil (CSCO),

    UGANDA, 2012/12/27 The Civil Society Coalition on Oil (CSCO), a group of Ugandan NGOs following the oil and gas sector have labeled President Museveni's accusations that the NGOs and some MPs were representing 'foreign interests' during the just concluded debate on the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill, 2012 as diversionary politics.
  • Nation's Limping Electricity Sector

    UGANDA, 2012/12/15 The power sector is facing arguably its sharpest criticism since the government liberalised the industry in 1999. Manufacturers and the private sector, though agreeable to the need for extra power, have expressed displeasure over the recent increase of electricity tariffs by between 36 and 69 % due to the partial withdrawal of power subsidies. The increase was announced at a time when the country was grappling with rising request for power, which outstrips generation by 5.3 % annually.
  • Umeme Wins Again in Messy Electricity Sector

    UGANDA, 2012/12/15 Just days after a parliamentary committee recommended termination of its contract over inflated claims, Umeme is set to again raise the cost of electricity to consumers Ugandans have just days to Dec.07 when review of the application from the country's sole electricity distributor, Umeme, ends and it gets another nod from the government to raise consumer tariffs. The move is a direct snub to the new statement by the Members of Parliament recommending the cancellation of the contracts of power distributor, Umeme and generator, Eskom. It is as well the new example of confusion that haunts the electricity sector. While some of the recommendations by the eight-member committee, the Adhoc Committee on Energy (ACE) appointed on Aug 24 by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, to investigate the sector may be on point, they come at a wrong time--some experts say they do not stand a luck and others that they would be a drawback to the sector that is already in a bad condition.