Museveni, Chinese Investors Discuss Key Energy Projects to Boast Sector

Museveni, Chinese Investors Discuss Key Energy Projects to Boast Sector

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni recently met with a delegation of Chinese investors led by Mr. Yang Yi Xin, Vice President of Sinohydro Corporation Limited, at State House, Entebbe.

The discussions centered on enhancing cooperation in Uganda's energy sector, focusing on critical projects aimed at boosting the country’s power infrastructure.

Sinohydro, a prominent Chinese state-owned hydro power engineering and construction firm, has played a significant role in Uganda’s energy landscape.

One of its flagship projects, the $1.5 billion Karuma Hydropower Station in Kiryandongo District, is nearing completion.

During the meeting, Mr. Lui Kai, a representative from Sinohydro, reported on the successful testing and commissioning of the Karuma Hydropower Project, which is now integrated into Uganda's national grid.

A key topic of discussion was the Olwiyo-Nimule transmission project, which President Museveni highlighted as having substantial potential for Uganda's energy sector.

The project, involving the construction of transmission lines, expansion of substations, and building new infrastructure, represents an estimated $180 million investment over two years. Mr. Yang Yi Xin detailed the progress of this project, emphasizing its importance as part of Uganda's power master plan.

The meeting also covered the Kiba Hydropower Plant, which aims to significantly increase the country’s energy capacity.

Mr. Xin assured President Museveni of Sinohydro’s ongoing commitment to collaborate with the Ugandan government on this and other pivotal projects, leveraging the company’s extensive expertise and resources.

Further discussions explored additional business opportunities, including the redevelopment of Kilembe Mines and various transmission line upgrades and renovations.