Uganda and Congo sign preliminary agreement to build 350-km transmission line

The governments of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a preliminary agreement to build a 350 km long transmission line to connect both the countries. The project will enable the transfer of energy from soon-to-be-surplus Uganda to power-deficient DRC. The interconnection will start from the Nkenda substation in Kasese, Uganda, to Bunia and Butembo via Beni in north-eastern DRC. The project will also include construction of the Beni, Butembo and Bunia substations, and upgradation of the Nkenda substation. In total, the Ugandan stretch of the line will be about 70 km, while the remaining will lie in DRC. The governments of the respective countries will be responsible for implementation of their respective portions. Feasibility studies for the project were finalised in 2013. The African Development Bank has expressed its willingness to extend $ 150 million to fund the interconnector. The next steps include setting up a steering committee and a technical committee followed by implementation of the project. The project is slated for completion in 2019.

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