Uganda Submarine Power Cable

Uganda is building the first submarine cable in Lake Victoria. The electricity transmission cable will help to carry power from the mainland Masaka District to Bugala Island through Bukakata.

The project will see the contractor lay a 33-kilovolt seven-kilometer submarine cable on the floor of Lake Victoria, two 33 kilovolt switching sub-stations in Bukakata and Bugoma, and 27 distribution transformers

Commissioned by the country’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development, the Lake Victoria power submarine cable project will be implemented by CCC Engineering LTD, a subsidiary of the Engineering Department of China National Electric Wire & Cable Imp./Exp. Corporation.

The project has been financed by the African Development Bank under the Uganda Rural Electricity Access Project which aims to expand grid medium voltage and low voltage distribution networks across the country.

The scope of work in the lake will include surveying, structural spotting, line route profiling, and pegging, procurement, delivery to site.

The company will also undertake the construction of a medium voltage and low voltage network, installation of distribution transformers and protection equipment, and installation of last-mile connections, including the supply of service cable, installation of prepaid meters and distribution ready boards to some 1,651 potential consumers.

The submarine cable will supplement a local 1.6 megawatts (per hour) solar power plant operated under a Public-Private Partnership between government and private infrastructure development venture, InfraCo Africa.

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