Umeme to Inject $100m Into Power Supply

pills sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The company rolled out the annual investment plan this morning at Kampala Serena, story in which a number of investment priorities were outlined.

Mr Sam Zimbe, the company’s General Manager (Regulatory Affairs), said about $35m of this had been set aside to upgrade a number of substations to cope with the increase load on the system.

These he said would include substations at Queens way, Port Bell, Industrial area, as well as improving supply at the Namugongo Kireka Substations.

New substations were last year commissioned at Lubowa, Waligo and Lumpewo in Luweero district which enhanced voltage in your areas.

Power loss reduction programmes, he added, had also been prioritised in this year’s plan in which $32m would go to improving the poor lines where most of the power is lost.


This is expected to deliver 20.5% energy loss reduction, and 14.5% by 2018, which could potentially see a significant reduction on the tariff.

“This year we are also planning to connect up to about 160,000 new customers. This will cost us about $20m especially because majority of these will be on the new prepaid metering system,” he said.

On the challenge of power theft, Mr. Zimbe said, Umeme would embark on reinforcing the network by introducing new technology where bare wires will be replaced with bungled conductors which are very difficult to pierce.

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