Uganda has said it will no longer seek to import electricity from neighbouring Kenya as earlier planned following the operational breakdown at the 183MW Isimba Hydropower Station located in Kayunga district.
This is after engineers at Isimba managed to restore production at two units. This has enabled Isimba to dispatch 76MW to Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), the statutory company that makes bulk electricity purchases and transmits it to local and foreign distribution points.
Therefore, the government of Uganda, through its transmission company UETCL, will no longer need to import electricity from Kenya, instead, Uganda will be exporting 50MW to Kenya as before the following restoration works at Isimba,” energy minister Ruth Nankabirwa said on Monday.
The minister Sunday visited Isimba to see the status of the dam. She confirmed that Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) had restored a second unit (Unit 4) at the plant.