Uganda names India firm to build 255-MW Bujagali’s grid system

Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (UETCL) has awarded a contract to an India company to construct transmission lines and substations to link the proposed 255-MW Bujagali Falls hydroelectric project to Uganda’s national grid.

Uganda’s state-owned New Vision said UETCL signed a US$138.9 million contract with Jyoti Structures Africa to build the Bujagali interconnection project.

Jyoti Vice President Pradip Das said Jyoti would partner with an Italian unit of Siemens to manufacture and supply equipment for the project. The agreement calls for construction to begin soon, with completion in 24 months.

Last year, UETCL took bids for construction of 103 kilometers of 220-kilovolt and 132-kilovolt transmission lines, a new substation, and upgrade three existing substations to deliver power from Bujagali Falls. (HNN 6/4/07)

UETCL Chief Executive Officer Eriasi Kiyemba said the work is being funded by the African Development Bank and a Japanese bank. Last year, Uganda and the World Bank also signed US$425 million in credit agreements that included work to implement power sector improvements paving the way for Bujagali.

UETCL appointed Bujagali Energy Ltd. (BEL), the hydro project’s development consortium, to handle development and management of the Bujagali Interconnection Project. BEL, in turn, named PB Power of the United Kingdom to act as owner engineer and to assist with issuing and receiving tender documents.

Government-owned UETCL has signed a long-term agreement to buy electricity from Bujagali. The US$400 million hydro project is being developed on the Victoria Nile River by BEL, a consortium led by Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd., a member of the Aga Khan Development network, and Sithe Global of the United States. (HNN 3/24/08)

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