page http://chulucanasnoticias.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-media-list-table.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Mbabazi on Monday said the nuclear plan would help Uganda generated enough power which would only be used “for peaceful purposes.”
This website understands the nuclear energy project was signed this year between Uganda and International Atomic Energy Agency.
Mbabazi said it “matches nuclear technology to national priorities for sustainable development.”
The Premier made the remarks on Monday while opening the third joint sector review for the energy and mineral development sector at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
He further said the NRM Government remains committed to developing electricity infrastructure in line with international practice which requires competitive participation by investors and service providers.
Mbabazi said the drive for investment that Uganda craves for cannot be realized if there is no supporting infrastructure like electricity, roads and railways that lower the cost of doing business.
Mbabazi, however, decried the challenge of acquiring land for infrastructure development to which he asked the minister of lands to come up with a solution.
He said land owners either oppose projects or dispute the recommended land rates hence hampering investments.
“I wish to urge local authorities to actively facilitate the acquisition of land for infrastructure projects in their areas so that there is timely implementation of projects,” said the Premier.
The Theme for this year’s review is ‘transforming Uganda through sustainable management and utilization of energy and mineral resources’.
The two day workshop for the energy and mineral sector is aimed at reviewing the sector performance, and coming up with policies and strategies that will lead to improved performance of the sector.
The Premier said Government has expressed its commitment to develop the energy and mineral sector by allocating 1.65 trillion Uganda shillings this financial year up from 689 billion shillings in 2009/10 financial year.
“The NRM Government policy on energy is to ensure adequate and reliable supply of energy as well as universal access to modern energy services like electricity to support industrialization, social and economic growth,” Mbabazi said.
Mr. Mbabazi also said NRM Government has under the rural electrification programme put emphasis on connecting electricity to district headquarters, productive centres like factories and trading centres as well as health institutions, educational institutions and water supply points.
He said the national grid electrification rate now stands at 15% up from 12% in 2011 and about 5% in 2001 adding that the commissioning of the 250 MW Bujagali hydro power plant has reduced power supply shortages. Mbabazi noted that total installed electricity generation capacity is now 851 MW up from 60MW in 1986.
In the oil and gas sector the Premier said Government with support of the existing enabling legislation is putting in place a frame work for the development of an appropriate commercialization plan for the country’s oil and gas resources.
He said the plan comprises the use of gas or crude oil for power, the development of an oil refinery and export of crude oil through a pipe line or any other viable options.
On Mineral development, Mbabazi said Government is reviewing the current licensing policy to separate licensing from monitoring of compliances.
He challenged the Energy Ministry to ensure that the resources allocated to them this year are well utilised to achieve better results by the next sector review.
The Germany Ambassador to Uganda, Klaus Dieter Duxmann on behalf of development partners pledged the support of development partners to the sector and urged Government to exploit all avenues to develop the sector such as public, private partnerships, and investment in renewable energy.
The Minister for energy and Mineral development, Irene Muloni highlighted the key achievements of the sector including progress on Karuma, Isimba and Ayago power plants, welcoming positive criticism on how the sector can perform better.
Other key stakeholders attending the sector review include Members of Parliament, Development Partners and District leaders.