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WENRECo Outlines Grid Extension Plan For West Nile

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cialis 40mg http://centroilponte.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/vendor/twig/node.php geneva; font-size: small;”>According to Mr. John Kinungi, the distribution manager West Nile Rural Electrification Company (WENRECo), at least 2,500 new customers in West Nile will be connected to the electricity grid by 2014.

This will increase the total number of connections to 6,500 up from the current 4,000 connections in the West Nile Region.

The connections will be made by the power company under its grid extension project. Under the project, at least 350 kilometers of 33kV transmission lines and a total of 210km of Low Voltage line will be constructed. WENRECo will also put up a total of 150 distribution transformers to serve its new customers.

Mr Kinungi said works on three major transmission lines will be undertaken including, construction of a transmission line from Nyagak –Nyapea- Zeu- Zombo to Vurra Custom Boarder town. “This section will give an added alternative power evacuation route to Arua and beyond should we have a fault on the existing Paidha-Nebbi- Bondo- Arua power line,” he said.

The second will be the Arua-Koboko transmission line through Nyadri (Maracha District head quarters) with massive benefits to trading Centers along the route especially Maracha Mission Hospital. “This should lead to an improvement in the quality of lives.”

The line will also be extended to Yumbe town with a T–off to Oraba on the border with Southern Sudan. The third will be the Nebbi- Pakwach line with benefits to trading centers (promoting commercial start-ups) and branching to Panyimur, Parombo-Angaba areas.

“The section between Nebbi- Paidha existing overhead line will have the existing conductors upgraded from 100sq mm to 150sq mm AAAC( All Aluminum Alloy Conductor) upgraded to accommodate evacuation of power from the Hydro with improved quality of power to the end users,” Mr Kinungi revealed.

In its effort to extend power to more people in West Nile, WENRECo has applied for a 65 percent tariff increment from the Electricity Regulatory Authority. The firm wishes to increase both domestic and commercial rates from Shs366.8 to Shs605 and Shs420.2 to Shs695 respectively.

The company currently charges Shs366.8 shillings for domestic consumers and Shs420.4 for commercial consumers, which is below the Shs524.5 and Shs487.6 charged by Umeme for domestic and commercial consumers respectively.

Last month, WENRECo further announced that its plans to introduce Pre-paid metering to enable its customers to pay for the exact power they intend to use in advance.

This is expected to eliminate estimated electricity bills in the region and to help customers manage their energy expenditures.

According to Mr. Fabian Ahaisibwe, the regional manager, WENRECo, the pre-paid metering service will be unveiled in August this year, as soon as successful tests on the prepayment system are completed.

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