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Uganda to build oil refineryPublish Date: Dec 14, 2012




Oil exploration in western Uganda
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By Joyce Namutebi

President Yoweri Museveni has emphasized the need for Uganda to refine its oil instead of exporting it in crude form.

“There will be a refinery in Uganda…. I want my own," Museveni told Parliament Thursday.

Addressing Parliament, he said that one of the mistakes that African oil producing countries make is failure to build a refinery.

"All the associated jobs are exported to foreign countries. You also lose the byproducts," he said.

He said there was some campaign against the refinery and even he himself was suspicious, but his scientists joined him and they were able to defeat those against the refinery.

He urged the natural resources committee of Parliament to find out how many refineries there are in Africa and if they are not there, what are the reasons.

He said they had even to hire a company called Fosterwhiller which confirmed that the refinery is the way to go for Uganda.

"When it comes to a landlocked country like Uganda there are additional losses we shall suffer when you export crude," he said. "For a landlocked country to export crude, we shall lose part of the money in transit charges," he added.

Uganda, he said, would lose US$40 per barrel if it does not refine its crude oil here and instead export it to Kenya, where it would pay "obusuulu."

The President also noted that since Uganda's oil is waxy, the cost of transporting it would be high. "It is very high due to the cost of continuing to heat the pipeline all the way up to the ocean," Museveni said.

He said that in some for a Uganda is being told that it cannot afford a refinery.

Speaking about foreign funded force sabotaging Uganda's interests as far the resource is concerned, he warned that is a company is hostile to Uganda its companies would not be licensed to come into the sector.

"Do you know SINO came in? He asked. He said there was an Italian group which was about to come to Uganda called ENI, which was alleged to have bribed the Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.

"If he ate the bribe, he ate it for nothing because we did not give them license," he said.
 

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Oil refinery survey starts January 2013Publish

Date: Dec 18, 2012






HOIMA - An environmental baseline survey on the proposed land for the establishment of an oil refinery at Kabaale in Buseruka sub-county, Hoima district will start in January.

Bashir Hangi, the refinery project’s communications officer said the study aims at assessing future environmental impacts that may accrue during refinery construction and oil production.

He made the remarks during a one-day dialogue with Bunyoro Kingdom officials on the environmental management and land issues in the oil and gas sector at Kijungu Hill Hotel in Hoima municipality.

The meeting was organised by CNOOC and Tullow oil that are among the oil companies licensed to undertake oil exploration in the AlbertineGraben.

The establishment of the oil refinery that will process crude oil for local consumption and export comes after commercial deposits worth 3.5 billion barrels of oil were discovered in the AlbertineGrabben in 2006.

Hangi said the survey will be carried out by Green Impacts development services and is expected to take four months.

“We have taken the consultants to the 29 square kilometres of land that is earmarked for the refinery. They will submit their inception report and we will discuss it to allow them start work probably after Christmas,” he said.

Hangi said the firm will also document the state of water sources around the refinery since it requires a lot of water.

He explained that this will help ascertain whether the refinery will strain the water bodies around so that they look for alternative sources of water.
 

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Umeme wins approval to list shares in Kenya





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Umeme Limited, Uganda's sole power distributor, has won regulatory approval to list its shares on the Kenyan stock exchange in a bid to improve trading in its stock.

The so-called cross-listing of all 1.62 million Umeme shares on the Nairobi Securities Exchange will also contribute to the goal of the five-nation East African Community (EAC) common market to integrate their financial markets.

The EAC comprises Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

The Nairobi Securities Exchange is the largest and most liquid stock market in the EAC, providing better trading opportunities for Umeme's shareholders, 46 percent of which are foreigners.

Several Kenyan firms like Kenya Commercial Bank, East African Breweries and Kenya Airways have cross-listed their shares on the Tanzanian and Ugandan markets.

Umeme, which completed its initial public offering last month, will be the first EAC firm to cross-list in Nairobi, after winning approval from the Kenyan market regulator on Thursday.

Uganda's benchmark index is the second best performer in Africa so far this year, up 37.6 percent, after Nigeria's which is up 42.2 percent, Reuters data show.

The Nairobi 20-Share index is ranked third, up 25.8 percent so far this year. Reuters
 

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Power firm plans for more thermal energy



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Electricity supply. The Uganda Electricity Transmission Company says the move comes amid speculation that the surplus hydropower will be exhausted soon.

Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd (UETL) plans to increase its use of thermal electricity, a source thrice costlier than hydro energy.


The deputy CEO of UETCL, Mr William Kiryahika, said the surplus electricity being generated by Bujagali Dam would soon be exhausted.

“….and we shall have no alternative but to go thermal,” Mr Kiryahika said in a telephone interview yesterday.

The uptake will increase from 268.8 gigawatt hours (GWh) to 350.5GWh effective early 2013.

Over the same period, UETCL, Uganda’s sole buyer of bulk electricity, will reduce its uptake from large hydropower plants, with the exception of the Bujagali Hydropower Plant, from 2,287.1GWh (2012) to 2,689.3GWh (2014).

“The provision is in case we outstrip hydro; we must be able to respond to demand even as we continue to develop hydropower stations,” Ms Irene Muloni, the minister of Energy, said.

Mr Dickens Kamugisha, the CEO of Africa Institute for Energy Governance, however, said the company’s move could have been dictated by the inefficiency of some large hydropower plants.

Already, UETCL has projected that unmet demand for electricity will rise from 10 per cent this year to 15 per cent next year, due to increased demand from the steel industry.

It will spend Shs289.2 billion on thermal power, an increment of Shs72.6 billion in one year, a cost that shall be passed on to the end-users through tariffs.

Electricity consumers should, therefore, brace themselves for even higher electricity tariffs since thermal power plants use imported oil and Uganda is far from commercially extracting its own.
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Uganda: Oil Industry Regulations Passed​
Lawmakers passed legislation on Friday intended to regulate Uganda’s nascent oil industry, but critics say it gives too much authority over the industry to the nation’s energy minister.

The legislation, which has been debated for more than a year, is meant to pave the way for oil production in Uganda.

But Global Witness, a group that highlights the links between the exploitation of natural resources and human rights abuses, said that the new legislation would give the president and his energy minister “total control over the sector” and warned that it would “perpetuate the status quo of secrecy, excessive ministerial control and corruption allegations.”

Uganda is estimated to have enough oil reserves to become a middle-tier oil-producing nation. But its oil industry has been plagued by accusations of corruption and court cases that have delayed the start of production. Pumping is now expected to begin in 2014, industry officials say.
 

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Uganda: World Bank Projects Growth for 2013
Uganda's economic growth will rebound to 6.2% in 2013, according to the World Bank January 2013 global economic forecast, putting projections at par with those made by other major institutions like the International Monetary Fund.

The GDP growth projected at 6.2% explains the average growth of investment, government expenditure and the difference between export and income. This is also the total sum of all the economic activities in the country for that period.
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Buseruka dam to supply power to 1,000 homes
Publish Date: Jan 25, 2013

The power house at the new Buseruka hydro power station in Hoima. PHOTO/Ronald Kalyango
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By Ronald Kalyango


The days of load shedding electricity are increasingly getting numbered, following the addition of 19 megawatts to the national grid by Hydromax Ltd, a renewable energy firm. President Museveni is expected to officially launch the project today Friday in Buseruka, Hoima district.

The $30m project on River Wambabya in Buseruka subcounty will provide, green energy adequate to power over 1,000 households in Hoima and Masindi, in addition to providing lighting for hospitals, schools, churches and community centres.

The project whose construction started in 2008, is owned by Hydromax Ltd, a subsidiary of Dott services Ltd, a company best known for road construction. The dam’s technical commissioning was done on December 9 last year. “Despite the initial challenges we faced during the implementation of the project, it has had the fastest completion time from licensing to commissioning,” said Maheshwara Reddy, the managing director of Dott services Ltd. He said the project had exposed more than 100 youths, who participated in the construction works, to a lot of technological transfer.

“I am happy to note that the technology transfer arising from this project will be very useful for similar projects in the future. And because of it, many areas have been opened up for rural electrifi cation,” Maheshwara pointed out.

Rao Venugopal, the Hydromax Ltd project director, said while Dott Services handled all the civil construction works, the electro-mechanical works were done by Flovel Energy Pvt Ltd. The hydro-mechanical works on the other hand were executed by Sigma engineering Pvt Ltd together with Indo-Asiatic for gates and hoists works. He also pointed out that Utility Engineering Services Ltd is currently constructing the 44km of high voltage transmission lines in the area.

The construction works, according to Venugopal, are funded by the Government through Rural Electrification Agency of the
energy ministry. “When the construction works are completed, we shall be able to evacuate electricity from the power house to a substation in Hoima district where it will be connected to the national grid,” said Venugopal.

He said TATA consulting engineers was in charge of project management from design to commissioning stage, supervision including training of technicians during the project’s inception, on behalf of Hydromax.

Fred Kabagambe-Kaliisa, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Energy while on a recent site tour said the completion of the dam would be a huge boost to the sector, noting that it would lower power charges and enhance the region’s development. He pointed out that the people of Bunyoro would get stable power supply when the dam is completed.

Kaliisa noted that construction of a line to evacuate power from the dam onto the national grid at Kinubi sub-station in Hoima would be completed soon. He said part of the power would be used in the oil exploration industry in the whole of Lake Albert region.

The project directors explain that they wanted to invest part of their resources in renewable energy in the country and that is how the idea of power generation came about. “As young entrepreneurs; we saw a big opportunity in Uganda for Hydro power projects due to its geographical and climatic conditions,” said Reddy Prasad, director, Dott Services. He said before they explored the opportunity of investing in hydro power they first gathered enough data about similar projects in India.

Prasad, however, said after mobilising resources, they later established that there was no effective legal framework in place to guide the developers to set up and implement the project. He also noted that there were no proper roads to lead them down the escarpment to carry out the necessary geo-technical investigations and other studies in the area. “We had to do a lot of crossculverts and access roads to take the drilling rig down the escarpment,” says Prasad. He explained that after overcoming the initial challenges, their next task was to mobilise the needed resources to fi nance the project.

Prasad said they (directors) are grateful to the African Development Bank who provided a loan of $9m (about sh18b) for construction of the dam. He also noted that the Eastern and Southern Trade Development Bank (PTA) in Nairobi provided additional funds for the project. “With the experience gained in development of the power dam, the promoters have embarked on carrying out feasibility studies for other potential projects including exploring wind energy,” he explained.

After the dam’s commissioning, Prasad said they had received a distribution license from the Electricity Regulation Agency to distribute the generated electricity in the two districts of Hoima and Masindi district respectively. He said the Buseruka project would contribute to economic development by facilitating growth and social service delivery.
 

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Museveni launches Hoima power plant
Publish Date: Jan 26, 2013

The capacity of the dam in Buseruka is expected to be nine megawatts
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By Brian Mayanja, Pascal Kwesiga and Robert Atuhairwe


PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni yesterday launched the new Buseruka hydropower plant in Hoima district.

The President switched on the power plant in the afternoon and addressed residents at Buseruka primary school thereafter.

The dam is located on river Wambabya in Buseruka village, near Kabaale, where the government is building an oil refinery, a few metres off Kaiso-Tonya road.

The project has excited residents, hoping that it will reduce load shedding that has hindered the growth of local business in the area.

Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa, the energy ministry permanent secretary, while on a recent tour, said the dam would boost the sector by lowering charges and enhancing the region’s development.

He pointed out that the people of Bunyoro would get stable power supply. Kaliisa noted that construction of a line to evacuate power from the dam onto the national grid at Kinubi substation in Hoima would be completed soon.

He added that part of the power would be used in the exploration industry in the Albertine region.

The $30m-project will provide green energy, adequate to power over 1,000 households in Hoima and Masindi districts, in addition to lighting for hospitals schools, churches and community centres.

The dam, whose construction was funded by African Development Bank and the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, has three turbines, with each producing three megawatts.

“Despite the initial challenges we faced during the implementation of the project, it has had the fastest completion time from licensing to commissioning,” said Maheshwara Reddy, the managing director of Dott Services, the firm that constructed the dam.

According to the project construction manager, Vijay Kumar, the power will be connected to the Hoima power substation, before it joins the national grid.


Sukulu phosphate mines to get sh535b boost
Publish Date: Jan 26, 2013
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By Samuel Sanya

RESIDENTS of Tororo have cause to smile following the signing of memorandum of understanding between India’s Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (GSFC) and Nilefos minerals to develop the Sukulu mines.

GSFC has over 45 years’ experience in the manufacture of urea, ammonium sulphate, fertilizers, petro-chemicals, industrial gases, fibres and other products.

“Nilefos Minerals is in advanced stages of finalising the resettlement Action Plan (RAP) with the residents at the project site, together with the help of the Government of Uganda,” reads a statement from Nilefos Minerals.

“The President of Uganda, His Excellency Y.K Museveni has earmarked this project as a National Development Priority Project for the country. This partnership further enhances the strong relationship between India and Uganda.”

The partnership comes with a $200m (sh534.4b) initial investment kitty to fulfil demand in the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) with an estimated 500 million population.

Hope Mwesige, the former agriculture minister, Nimisha Madhvani, Uganda’s ambassador to India and the team advisor, Parimal Panchmatia signed on behalf of Nilefos in the presence of Shri Narendra Modi, the Gujarat chief minister.

The MoU was signed at the “Vibrant Gujarat Summit” in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The Osukuru hills in Tororo district have an estimated 200 million tonnes of mineral deposits, with Phosphate constituting 30%.

Work by Nilefos, which is affiliated to the Madhvani Group of Companies, resumed after court ruled in favour of better compensation for over 6,000 residents in the 26 square kilometers radius in Osukuru and Rubongi sub-counties where phosphate deposits occur.

An exercise to assess the value of properties that will be destroyed to give room to a large phosphate mine in Tororo district has been launched by the district authorities.
 

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Kaliro sugar factory to ease sugar deficit
Publish Date: Jan 26, 2013
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By Samuel Sanya

LOCAL sugar production is set to increase with the soon-to-be commissioned Sugar Allied Industries factory in the eastern district of Kaliro in efforts to close production deficits that have driven up prices in recent years.

The sugar factory is one of eight new ones promised by the Ministry of Trade at the end of 2011, when an acute shortage in sugar production forced prices up by more than 200%.

Sugar Allied Industries is a subsidiary of the Uganda based, East African conglomerate Alam Group of Companies.

The factory will start with an initial production capacity of 2,000 tonnes of crushed sugarcane per day, similar in capacity with the Lugazi Sugar Works factory, yet smaller than the 6,500 tonnes of crashed sugar cane facility at Kakira Sugar Works.

Abid Alam, the Sugar Allied Industries boss, pointed out that the factory will also generate up to 12MW of electricity from the bagasse waste. This is the same amount of power generated at the Kakira Sugar Works.

“We are following the National Sugar Policy and we have been issued an independent zone by the ministry of trade. We have about 20,000 acres of sugarcane to supply the factory,” he said.

The Sugar Allied Industries factory is step closer to achieving the goals of the five-year national sugar policy 2010 that aims to increase sugar production to 480,000 metric tonnes, with a per capita consumption of 14kg, electricity generation of 90-95 megawatts and employment of over 210,000 people.

Alam revealed that the $50m (sh133b) sugar factory will be officially commissioned in April.

Jim Kabeho, the Uganda Sugar Cane Technologists Association (USCTA) chairman, said the new factory will reduce the daily sugar production deficit of 50,000 metric tonnes.

“All sugar companies produce just 300,000 tonnes of sugar, yet demand is high at 350,000 tonnes. There is still a lot of unfulfilled demand in the country,” he explained.

A shortage of sugarcane at Kinyara sugar works sparked an increase in sugar prices in 2011, prompting the trade ministry to import 40,000 metric tonnes of duty free sugar to stabilise prices.

Data from the Uganda Sugar Cane Technologists Association indicates that total local sugar production by Kakira, Kinyara, Lugazi, Mayuge and GM sugar plants is projected to have increased 3.56% to 329,500 metric tonnes in 2012, from 266, 910 metric tonnes a year before.

Despite the increases in the amounts of sugar produced, a deficit of 46,649 metric tonnes still exists with a per capita consumption of 10.5%, highlighting the need for additional factories.

Amelia Kyambadde, the trade minister, revealed at the recent monthly trade ministry media briefing that seven sugar factories in addition to the Sugar Allied Industries factory had been licensed in the year 2011.

The list includes 2,500 Tonnes of Canes per Day (TCD) factory in Masindi by Mukwano Group, Tirupati Development Company factory with a 2,500 TCD capacity in Nakasongola and Uganda Crop industries with 200 TCD capacity in Buikwe.

Others include Kafu Sugar 800 TCD in Masindi, Kamuli Sugar 200 TCD in Kamuli, Kenlon 500 TCD in Namasagali and Bugiri Sugar Company 500 TCD in Bugiri.

This will bring to 15 the number of licensed sugar factories in the country. A kilogramme of sugar is selling for between sh3,500 – sh4,000 at the retail level, from highs of sh8,000 in 2011.

The developments are expected to translate into higher prices for sugarcane out growers and lower sugar prices for consumers in the long run. The Kinyara Sugar Workers Union revealed that out growers are now receiving sh66,000 per tonne of suga cane, up from sh61,000 per tonne five months ago.

At the same media briefing, Silver Ojakol, the commissioner for external trade in the trade ministry, said a formulae has been created within the National Sugar Policy to ensure that sugarcane out growers receive fair payments.

“When the domestic prices of sugar go up, provisions have been made through a formula in the policy to ensure that the farmer, sugar miller and consumer are protected,” he explained.
 

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14 towns to be upgraded
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Fourteen urban centres countrywide are set to have their infrastructure upgraded under a five-year World Bank-funded project, officials from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development have revealed.

Mr David Kasimbazi, a senior consultant in the ministry, said last week that $160 million (about Shs432 billion) will be spent on improving the towns under the Uganda Support Municipality Urban Development Project that runs up to 2016. The project is intended to remove the slum image from the towns.

Towns that will benefit are Kabale, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Mbale, Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Tororo, Jinja, Kampala, Masaka, Kasese and Entebbe. The ministry officials are currently helping the towns bring together the local stakeholders and draw a strategic plan.

Kabale Town stakeholders’ forum named “The Kabale Municipality Development Forum” was formed on Friday. It will identify the development needs which will be the basis for applying for the fund.
Mr Elijah Betunga was elected the president of the forum and Ms Pauline Kirasha was elected vice. The executive members of the forum include representatives from non-governmental organisations, professional, religious leaders, media, academia, slum dwellers, politicians and media.

Collective effort
Mr Kasimbazi said for the town to develop, “it needs collective role and responsibility from government officials, professionals, slum dwellers, business community, NGOs and religious leaders”.

Each town forum will access funds on condition that they have a strategic physical plan done in accordance with the five-year plan as prepared by the government to cause a transformation. Mr Kasimbazi warned government officials against mismanaging the funds.

Kabale Town clerk Augustine Bujara said that the forum should be ready to monitor work being done in order to ensure value for money.
 

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Government awards Karuma deal to Chinese firm
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Posted Sunday, January 27 2013 at 02:00
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IGG ignored. Ministry declares winner despite last-minute attempt by the IGG to block the process, citing corruption.


Government awards Karuma deal to Chinese firm
China International Water & Electric Corporation (CWE) has been awarded the deal to construct the multi-billion Karuma Hydropower Dam.

This follows two years of protracted legal battles that witnessed several cancellations, injunctions, investigations and a repeat of the technical evaluation processes.

The bid was opened on Friday at the Ministry of Energy boardroom in Kampala. Available information indicates that CWE offered $1.4 billion (Shs3.4 trillion) for engineering, procurement and construction of the 600MW dam.

Perlite Construction Company Ltd is the other company that had made it to the final stage. The total project cost is estimated at $2.2 billion (Shs5.9 trillion).

Eng. Paul Mubiru, the acting permanent secretary, said the project, rocked by claims of irregularity in the tendering process, is two years behind schedule.

And even the final stage was not without controversy as Sunday Monitor learnt that the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) had directed that the process be halted.

The IGG on Friday wrote to the permanent secretary, citing allegations that some officials in the ministry had been compromised by one of the six bidding firms.

The IGG wrote: “It is therefore hereby ordered that the ministry…do halt any further action in the procurement of a contractor for the Karuma Hydropower Project, including the award of a contract to the best evaluated bidder.”

‘Biased’ evaluation
The IGG spokesperson, Ms Ali Munira, told the Sunday Monitor yesterday that they have “insider information” that the procurement might have been compromised.

According to the IGG, the results of the re-evaluation ordered by court, seems biased and could be contrary to procurement principles.

The IGG said the court intervention had not improved the process because the technical evaluation returned a company that is alleged to have falsified information in its bid.

The IGG’s notice, which the ministry disregarded, is the second halt order—the first having been issued by the High Court months back. The court process was disposed of and the ministry went ahead to evaluate the financial bids before announcing the winner on Friday.

Neither Energy Minister Irene Muloni nor State Minister for Energy Simon D’Ujanga could be reached on phone.
The Karuma dam, whose 600MW is a key factor to the country’s energy security plans, is almost a year behind schedule after intense lobbying by politically-connected factions delayed the bidding process.



Government plans to build six new laboratories

By Agatha Ayebazibwe

Posted Monday, January 28 2013 at 02:00
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The facilities to be constructed across the country, is aimed at limiting cross-border infections.

The government is planning to construct and remodel six satellite laboratories to support surveillance and early detection of cross-border diseases among East African countries.

The laboratories will be constructed using a $78 million World Bank loan. Dubbed the East African Public Health Laboratory Networking Project. The loan is aimed at establishing a network of efficient, high quality, accessible laboratories and surveillance of tuberculosis and other communicable disease.

Addressing a press conference in Kampala at the weekend, the project coordinator, Dr Alex Opio, said the five-year project was intended to strengthen the laboratory network in the region.

“The project is being implemented in four countries; Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania in collaboration between the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community Secretariat,” Dr Opio said.

He added that the laboratories would be built in referral hospitals in Arua, Lacor (Gulu), Mbarara and Mbale districts while others will be established at Mulago Hospital and at the National Tuberculosis Laboratory at Butabika Hospital.

The beneficiary laboratories were selected basing on their locality, primarily on border areas, large vulnerable populations including immigrants, those in high-risk disease outbreak areas and those in areas predominant with indigenous populations.

The project was conceived after realising that laboratory services in the region faced numerous challenges, including shortage of functioning essential equipment, limited technical experts and personnel, lack of quality assurance systems and shortage of supplies.

The spokesperson in the Ministry of Health, Ms Rukia Nakamatte, said the laboratories would be stocked with the necessary equipment to enable them operate better as well as train and mentor officers in different diagnosis.

Ms Nakamatte said by the end of the project, 31 laboratories would have been remodeled and equipped.
 

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Govt pledges to solve electricity shortage
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Following the addition of nine megawatts of electricity from the newly-commissioned Kabalega hydro power station to the national grid, government has reiterated its commitment to boost power production and solve electricity shortage in the country.

After commissioning the dam, President Yoweri Museveni pledged that in the next three years, electricity shortage will be history. Museveni revealed a long list of hydro power stations that have been lined up for construction. These, he emphasised, will boost electricity production and drive the country to middle-income status. He said electricity would also mitigate climate change effects in addition to promoting industrialisation.

The Kabalega plant is the first power plant in Bunyoro sub-region. The dam is located near Kabaale, the proposed site for an oil refinery. The dam is expected to be instrumental in providing the much-needed electricity to the refinery and its offshoot industries. Drawing comparisons with Uganda’s colonial masters, Museveni said his government has done much better.

“The power we have been able to generate in three years is far more than what colonialists generated in 70 years,” he said.

Museveni revealed that in the last three years, government has constructed six dams that have added 311 megawatts to the national grid. He said that after commissioning Kabalega, a string of other dams are already lined up for construction. These are: Isimba 188MW), Karuma (600MW), Ayago (600MW), Kikagati (16MW), Muzizi (26MW), Achwa (42MW), and Kitagata (300MW) (geothermal) among others.

“Good things have just started in Uganda,” he said.

The African Development bank funded the construction of Kabalega dam. The dam has three turbines with each producing three megawatts. The $30m project is expected to power over 1,000 households in Hoima and Masindi districts, in addition to lighting up hospitals, schools, churches and community centres. Electricity from the dam will be connected to the Hoima power substation before it joins the national grid.

Energy and Mineral Development Minister Irene Muloni said government has already signed a memorandum of understanding with developers to produce geothermal power to a tune of around 300 megawatts. On Karuma, Muloni said she expects the process of awarding the contract to be completed soon and the contractor to be on site before the end of March. “If we don’t have other delays, we expect the contractor on site before the end of this quarter,” she said.

Government has now started constructing power lines. Muloni said government is constructing the Hoima-Nyantonzi, Hoima-Butiaba-Bulisa and Nalweyo Kakindo power transmission lines to extend power to rural areas. She noted that plans are also underway to construct Waki hydro power station on river Waki that separates Hoima and Buliisa districts. A private investor will construct the Waki power plant.
 

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New site for power station identified
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New site for power station identified
A potential site for another hydro power station in West Nile has been discovered in Yumbe District. District leaders and technical officials from the central government recently visited Agbinika water falls in Kochi Sub-county to assess the viability of constructing a hydro power station.

Construction work on the power station has not yet started but a technical team from the Ministry of Energy said the falls would generate 20MW of power.

The discovery has created excitement among the locals who see power as a luxury as they are used to candles and lamps. The district chairperson, Mr Taban Yasiin, said a quick response by the government is needed to construct the power station.

The State Minister for Finance, Mr Fred Jachan Omach, said the leaders who kept quiet over the matter made it impossible for government to act.

“This is a good resource to the country and we will intervene together with partners because it is the biggest falls which could serve the region and South Sudan,” Mr Omach said.

It is not clear if the government will construct the dam soon, taking into the account that the completion of Nyagak hydro power dam took decades.

It is the third power dam after Nyagak and Gwere Luzira hydro power stations.
 

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Uwec plans first
floating restaurant
in East Africa
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Posted Monday, February 18
2013 at 02:06
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Tourism. The first phase of the Shs5
billion Uganda Wildlife project is
expected to be complete by
September.
The idea of a restaurant on water
may, for many, have been a thought
for [email protected] but no, by
September this year, the first phase
of this high-end, luxurious facility
will be complete.
This is after the Uganda Wildlife
Education Centre (Uwec) announced
plans to build the restaurant on
Lake Victoria, as well as develop a
multi-purpose white sand beach on
the lake shores.
The both shut-eye and eye-popping
development will be the first
“floating” restaurant in East Africa,
according to the Uwec’s executive
director, Mr James Musinguzi.
Officiating at the restaurant’s
ground breaking ceremony in
Entebbe last Friday, the Minister for
Tourism, Ms Maria Mutagamba, said
the project, to be executed in three
phases, would cost Shs5 billion.
“I am aware that under the National
Development Plan, the Pier
Restaurant and Beach Development
project is one of the anticipated
outputs of the ministry. Therefore,
the ministry pledges continuous
support to Uwec but more
specifically this project because the
government is keen to see it take
off,” Ms Mutagamba said.
The whole project is expected to be
concluded within two years,
according to Mr Joel Aita, an
engineer from Joadah Consults, the
company that made the plan of the
facility, which will be called Pier
Restaurant.
The restaurant’s foundation was laid
in 2007 and government has so far
contributed Shs615 million.
To address the unpredictability that
often comes with construction on
water, the Ministry of Works carried
out a series of surveys.
“Our design was adequate but you
can’t gamble on nature so we
needed a series of tests and the
results were impressive,” Mr aita
said, adding: “We needed concrete
strength of C30 to be safe here but
the Ministry of Works found that
our structure was C40 which means
we exceeded the standard.”
The restaurant will be divided into
four floors, with the first one
housing the main restaurant, the
second housing 16 rooms while the
top floors will be multi-purpose.
The restaurant will have a docking
area for boats going to various
destinations on L. Victoria.
 

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Uganda cement cost to reduce

Monday, 18 February 2013 11:32 Samuel Nabwiiso
KAMPALA, UGANDA - Sources in the construction and housing sector predict that cement prices will reduce significantly as more cement factories are built in the East African region.

They also argue that the prices are likely to be stable this year, as compared to last year, when huge volatilities were encountered.

In 2012, two more cement manufacturers were sett up in Uganda. One was in Moroto (North Eastern Uganda) and is expected to produce 1,000,000 metric tones of cement annually.

The second factory is being set up by Dao Group from Kuwait in the Eastern Uganda district of Budaka.

This adds numbers to the two existing cement factories of Tororo (eastern Uganda) and Hima found in Kasese Western Uganda.

“The prices will go down if the new plants start producing cement as we expect.

“Member states within the EAC are also increasing cement production like in Kenya,” said a source at Arab construction, a Kampala based construction firm.

He added that this can be achieved if the shilling remains strong against the dollar because cement companies import some of their raw materials from abroad.
Hima Cement Uganda General Manager Mr. David Njoroge told East African Business Week that the company has enough cement that was produced in the year 2012 and it was not consumed by the booming construction sector.


Uganda in 2000km road plan

Monday, 18 February 2013 11:28 Emma Onyango
KAMPALA, UGANDA – The Ministry of Works and Transport has embarked on an ambitious road network construction plan that will see over 20 roads and up to 2,000km of roads completed.

Under the arrangement known as contractor-facilitated financing scheme, the government will engage contractors who have money and are willing to lend it to carry out the construction of the roads meant to stimulate tourism, agriculture and the oil and gas sector across the country.

Eng. Abraham Byandala told East African Business Week in an interview last week that government is seeking to raise about $2.5b through this arrangement so as to fast track the construction of the stalled road works.

“We have identified projects that we want to do and we are looking for contractors with money. We are saying, if you have money, are you willing to lend it to us, at what interest rates, what is the grace period, what is the repayment period,” he said.

He added that the importance of roads identified is that they are in; areas with potential for tourism, the Albertine area where there are developments in the oil and gas sector as well as those in highly productive agricultural areas.
Byandala said, “We think that these areas will have a multiplier effect to get more revenues for Uganda.”

The Minister also said that the construction of the first tarmac road in the Karamoja region (North Eastern Uganda) was on course with the contractor (China Road and Bridge Corporation) currently in the mobilization phase. He said that the contractor had already received a down payment and was transporting equipment from Mombasa.

The Karamoja area that houses the famous Kidepo National Park has in recent months become impassable with the onset of the rains.

Traditionally, Uganda has relied on direct budgetary allocations to fund infrastructure developments but low tax revenues have meant the country’s road network remains largely poor, stifling growth in the country.
 

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Kakira to produce 52MW of power from sugar waste
Publish Date: Feb 22, 2013

Kakira Sugar’s new co-generation plant that will generate 52MW by July this year
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By Donald Kiirya

Kakira Sugar Limited is set to increase its power generation capacity after completing the construction of its co-generation
plant at the factory.

Kakira’s managing director, Mayur Madhvani, said the $65m expansion project at the factory will see generation of 52mega watts (MW) of power by July this year up from the 22MW the factory has been generating.

Mayur told New Vision that the factory currently generates 22MW of power and sells 14MW to the national grid. “By mid-March Kakira will be generating 32MW and will be selling 22MW to the national grid. In July this year we will generate 52MW and sell 32MW to the grid on a regular basis,” Mayur said.

Mayur added that the factory will be able to crush two million tonnes of cane per annum. “The out-growers will provide 1.40
million tonnes of cane and the balance of 600,000 tonnes will come from the company’s own estate. This will enable us produce 180,000 tonnes of sugar per annum,” Mayur said.

Mayur added that increased production will lead to production of more cane waste, known as baggasse, from which the electricity is generated. He said the expansion, which includes installation of turbines, alternators and construction of a new boiler is well underway and will be complete by June 2013.

“Jinja town, including industries, consumes around 18MW of power per day. Kakira will be giving 32MW so we will be giving more than Jinja, Kamuli and Iganga. The 52MW generated will be equivalent to power generated by one turbine at the new Bujagali Dam,” he explained.

He said in future Kakira will produce ethanol from molasses. Ethanol can be blended with fuel to run vehicles and machines. “Producing ethanol from molasses is not new, it is being done else where in the world, but Kakira wants to produce renewable energy,” he said. Kakira employs 8000 people.
 

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a lot of relevance , you should know the history of ugandans and indians. yes they seem to have brought investments to uganda, but these are clouded by the unnecessary tax breaks given to them, etc . have you read about amin , surprisingly many ugandans feel that way, the mabila chaos a few years ago is a reminder plus the agoa debacle. not all indian investments are bad but many are done in shoddy ways and are meant to exploit ugandan resources and a number of ugandans view indian investments as corrupt ventures not done in good faith .
 

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a lot of relevance , you should know the history of ugandans and indians. yes they seem to have brought investments to uganda, but these are clouded by the unnecessary tax breaks given to them, etc . have you read about amin , surprisingly many ugandans feel that way, the mabila chaos a few years ago is a reminder plus the agoa debacle. not all indian investments are bad but many are done in shoddy ways and are meant to exploit ugandan resources and a number of ugandans view indian investments as corrupt ventures not done in good faith .
i Know this my point was that his post wasnt hugely relevant to the thread ..

and this statement > ALL THE TOP BUSINESS ARE OWNED BY INDIANS isn't necessarily true .
 
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