Uganda’s UETCL commissions 220 kV lines for power trade

State-owned Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited has commissioned the 137 km long, 220 kV Kawanda-Masaka and 220 kV Nkenda-Fort Portal transmission lines, with the aim to export electricity to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The commissioned lines will serve as a high voltage backbone for the proposed regional interconnections among Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and the DRC.  Reportedly, the Ugandan government plans to add 3,162 km of transmission lines to its grid in 2019. This will provide adequate infrastructure for meeting its power supply demands, and help evacuate power from the generation stations to the existing national grid for trade.