Uganda will export electricity to South Sudan after the two sister countries signed a Power Sales Agreement (PSA).

The electricity  trade is intended to spur  socio-economic development to the border towns of Oraba, Elegu, Kaya and Nimule where thousands of Ugandans are involved in trade .

The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Dr Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, led the Uganda government delegation to Juba for the signing ceremony and they were joined by the South Sudan government officials led by Mr Peter Marcello Jelenge.

Uganda’s Ministry of Energy Permanent Secretary ,Eng. Irene Bateebe and South Sudan’s Beck Awan Deng display the new signed agreement documents.

Uganda’s Energy Ministry Permanent Secretary, Eng. Irene Bateebe, signed the PSA on Uganda’s behalf, while Mr Beck Awan Deng, the General Manager of South Sudan Electricity Cooperation (SSEC), signed on behalf of South Sudan.

“Today’s signing ceremony marks the beginning of serious cooperation in power trade between Uganda and South Sudan,” said Dr Nankabirwa.

“We would like to see projects that benefit both the people of Uganda and South Sudan…We will take power from small towns in Uganda, such as Elegu and Oraba. Similarly, the people at the border of such as Nimule and Kaya in South Sudan shall be supplied with power from Uganda,” She added.

The development follows a December 2015 Memorandum of Understanding to develop electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure to connect the two countries.

Following the new agreement the two countries will prioritize the development of the 400kV Olwiyo – Juba -308km power transmission line  (138km on the Ugandan side and 170km in South Sudan) to facilitate power exchange between the two countries.

The 400kV Power Substations of Olwiyo and Bibia (near Uganda’s Elegu border post), plus the Juba Substation, will also be expanded.

Other facts

• The 400kV Olwiyo-Juba Transmission Line will pick up power from Olwiyo Substation, which is already operational at 132kV.

• In the MoU signed between Uganda and South Sudan, the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Plan (NELSAP) was mandated to coordinate the joint development of the transmission line.

• A Joint Technical Committee has been established to plan and coordinate the project’s development.

• Uganda and South Sudan have secured funds for feasibility studies from African Development Bank (AfDB). AfDB would also finance the project based on EPC or Public Private Partnership, depending on the outcome of the feasibility study.

• A consortium of CESI S.p.A (Italy), ELC Electroconsult S.p.A. (Italy) and Colenco Consulting Ltd (Nigeria) has been procured to undertake the feasibility study, which commenced in March 2023 and will be completed in February 2024.

• The two countries also collaborate in the power distribution segment, where distribution networks have already been constructed in the Uganda-South Sudan border towns of Nimule and Kaya.

• This cooperation will enhance regional productivity and support security along our border towns.

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