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REA Plans 345.8 Km of Power Lines in West Nile

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A power technician fixes transmission lines

Government through the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has secured funding for construction of Rural Electrification Projects in West Nile region.

In the projects, the Agency intends to construct up to 345.8 km of electrical power lines, in the districts of Arua, Yumbe, Koboko, Moyo, and Nebbi.

According to REA officials, this is part of the grid extension plan, targeting 22% rural electrification access, up from 7% stated in the Rural Electrification Strategic Plan, by 2022.

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ChimpReports understands that the first line will move through Wandi, Yumbe and Moyo covering 304.3 km of medium voltage and 82 transformers, being fed from Arua- Koboko – Yumbe line at either Yumbe or Wandi.

The second line will move through Onduparaka, Odrmachaku and Abiria, covering 41.5 km of medium voltage and 16 transformers; being supplied from the Arua – Koboko – Yumbe line at Onduparaka.

The construction of the electricity distribution lines will involve erection of medium voltage line support structures, accessories and conductors, clearing of the right of way for medium voltage and low voltage lines, erection of the low voltage reticulation lines to bring supply points close to potential consumers and construction of temporary worker’s camps and storage facilities for project materials during project implementation.

Earlier, REA had announced the construction of 274.5km of 33KV Medium Voltage and 28.79km of low voltage (LV) distribution networks across the country.

The projects are funded by Agence Francaise de De’velopement [AFD] (The French Development Agency), OPEC Fund for Development (BADEA- OFID) and the Islamic Development Bank(IDB) funding.

REA Executive Director, Godfrey Turyahikayo said the projects are in line with the 10-year Rural Electrification Strategy and Plan for 2013-2022 (RESP 2013-2022) which projected that about 1.3 million households will be connected to the main grid by 2022.

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