Uganda is set to supply electricity to neighbouring South Sudan according to information acquired by ChimpReports.
This is part of the two countries’ plan to grow economic integration.
In a telephone interview with ChimpReports on Monday afternoon, State Minister for Energy Simon D’Ujanga confirmed the development saying Uganda will begin supply to bordering towns of Kaya and Nimule.
He added that South Sudan had requested that the supply extends to Kajo Keji town.
“We have not entered an agreement yet, but there is a draft Memorandum of Understanding which had been presented to the attorney generals of the two countries for review. I think by August we shall have formalised the process,” D’Ujanga said adding that the supply of about 5 megawatts will commence as details are finalised.
South Sudan’s Minister for Energy, Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol, confirmed in a statement on Thursday that his government had concluded discussions with Uganda to cooperate in cross-border electrification and road connectivity.
The South Sudanese official further said Uganda agreed to supply electricity to Nimule and Kaya towns.
“We have discussed the MOU and finalised the MoU, which is awaiting approval,” said Dr Mathok.
Uganda’s earnings from electricity exports are currently at $35.6 million (about Shs127 billion), according to Bank of Uganda.
According to the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) data, Uganda in March 2016 exported 7.98 megawatts to Kenya alone.
Uganda also exports electricity to the northern Tanzania (14.94MW), DR Congo (0.27 megawatts) and Rwanda.