PM Rugunda unveils a plaque at the new UECGL offices on Thursday (Photo by PMPU)
“The Energy sector is crucial in contributing to social-economic transformation of the economy. Therefore UECGL is playing a crucial role in ensuring that reliable and affordable energy which will make Uganda competitive and attractive to investments is provided,” the Prime Minister said.
Dr Rugunda however cautioned UECGL staff to ensure that the two projects of Karuma and Isimba are completed on time, with in the budgeted cost and right quality to ensure value for money for the Country.
The Premier also pledged government’s continued support through providing necessary enabling policy environment for the energy sector to flourish.
The Chief Executive Officer of UEGCL, Dr Mutikanga Harrison thanked His Excellency the President for entrusting them with the projects and thus pledged to undertake them with a lot of commitment and diligence.
Dr Mutikanga also noted that UEGCL staff are fully aware of the current global climatic changes and thus can’t rely on only hydro power, adding that they are exploring other alternative sources of renewable energy such as geothermal so as to generate electricity for generations.
The construction of Karuma and Isimba hydro power projects and the associated transmission infrastructure will add 783 megawatts into the national grid.
By Doreen Nasasira
Monday, 12 December 2016