Umeme  To Inject Shs258Bn In Supplying Power To Millions Of Ugandans

Umeme To Inject Shs258Bn In Supplying Power To Millions Of Ugandans an accessible web community

By Andrew Irumba

Days of load shedding will soon be bygones. This is because power suppliers Umeme reveal that they have since secured funding from their development partners amounting to USD70m, about Shs258Bn, to expand the power grid network in Uganda.

The money, according to insiders, will help Umeme purchase power supply and distribution equipment, refurbish the Power Supply Station and other infrastructure, plus other operational costs.

Umeme top management and their development partner

This revelation was made by the Umeme top management led by the Chief Executive Officer Patrick Bitature, during a presser held in Kampala on Wednesday.

Umeme CEO Patrick Bitature addressing the gathering

Umeme thereafter wrote on their social media platforms thus; “Today we received Ugx.258 billion ($70m) for investing in the electricity distribution network. This will positively impact on our service provision to consumers and Uganda’s economy in general.

The key focus will be on;

Increasing electricity access and electricity connections

Improving quality and reliability of electricity supply

Reducing energy losses

Improving Customer Experience & Service delivery

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) was the lead-arranger including Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited, Standard Chartered Bank and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).

The CEO Bitature said that “We intend to connect 2 million households over the next 5 years and such a financial boost is a bonus towards this ambition.”

The managing director Selestino Babungi said while commenting about this new project that “There is need to invest in key priority areas to unlock demand in light of increased generation capacity as the 600MW Karuma HPP is about to be commissioned.

Selestino Babungi, the Umeme MD, giving his speech

He also noted of the key milestones achieved by Umeme so far which include;

Investing more than Shs1.7trillion

Reduced energy losses -16.6% lowest in the region& 13% by 2025

Collections -99% which finance the sector

Improved reliability and service delivery.

He revealed that more is being done to match growth as Uganda positions to be an industrial hub.
On his part, Godfrey Sebaana, the Executive Director of StanChart Uganda, said that “”Energy sector is an important development driver in the country. Access to power for house holds, street lighting, industrial parks is a key driver for economic development & business continuity. We are proud to be part of this.”

Godfrey Sebaana, the MD StanChart delivering his points

Since 2013, has invested over US$ 460 million in the distribution network, resulting in growth of customers numbers to 1.4 million from 0.6 million customers.

Umeme officials and development partners sign agreements

The Managing Director Babungi said; “This investment will support capital expenditure programs,focusing on 1-Network upgrades to enable load growth & additional connections to support uptake of new generation,2-Safety/reliability enhancements,3-Complete conversion of customers to prepaid metering an accessible web community an accessible web community

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