BUSOGA SUB REGION: UMEME has unveiled a 12 billion shilling plan to revamp electricity power lines within the Busoga sub region.
Umeme stated at the plan’s launch on Wednesday that the development is aimed at ensuring timely power supply within the subregion in order to improve productivity in both the manufacturing and service sectors.
According to the plan, UMEME will also upgrade most of the low-voltage transformers so as to meet the increasing electricity demands within the developing trading centres and town councils in the sub region. The refurbishment works, which start next month, are expected to be concluded in November 2022.
Selestino Babungi, the managing director of UMEME limited, told project beneficiaries in Iganga district on Wednesday that the funds will help with the refurbishment of the Iganga-Kibimba line, Jinja-Kamuli line, and the Lugazi power line, where most of the equipment is now old and worn out.
Babungi said that the project will also involve the installation of concrete poles in swampy areas where power supply is prone to interruption due to collapsing wooden poles along the electricity power lines.
He said they will also install automatic switches along different parts of the power line, so as to enable supervising engineers to only fix anomalies in affected areas and minimize power supply disruptions in the safe areas.
Babungi notes that the refurbished power lines will provide a stable working environment with improved power supply reliability for both industrialists and domestic users. He further says that this development will control energy losses accrued from unstable power supply.
Meanwhile, Abubaker Walubi, the chairperson of Millers in Iganga district, says that unstable power supply has contributed to fluctuating prices of produce. He did, however, state that the anticipated upgrade of power lines will undoubtedly increase output and help to stabilise market prices.