ADB to provide $ 311 mm for East African power master plan

Mar 13, 2007 01:00 AM

The African Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to fund the preparatory activities of the East African Community's power master plan. The bank has also agreed to support the implementation of regional strategy for scaling up access to modern energy sources.
The preparatory activities are mainly pre-feasibility and feasibility studies and construction of infrastructure.

ADB president Dr Donald Kaberuka says the bank will spend up to $ 311 mm to finance the initial activities of priority interconnections outlined by the Community. The money will be spent on various power projects, namely the Dar es Salaam-Nairobi transmission line ($ 108.124 mm); the Jinja-Lessos transmission line ($ 62.16 mm); the Lake Victoria transmission ring ($ 105 mm); the Mbarara-Kigali-Bujumbura line (cost not determined); the Kenya-Uganda Power Transfer Enhancement Project ($ 3.17 mm); and the Olkaria-Lessos line ($ 32.78 mm).
The agreement was reached during a meeting between a delegation of the East African Community's top officials and the ADB's senior officials at the bank's Temporary Relocation Agency in Tunis recently.

The bank will also consider supporting a review of the East African power master plan to include Rwanda and Burundi and interconnection to other regions bordering the East African Community.
EAC secretary general Dr Juma Mwapachu and his deputy in charge of projects and programmes, Dr Kipyego Cheluget, led the community's team. According to the EAC, the regional strategy for scaling up access to modern energy sources will be an all-embracing project, covering renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Under this project, the initial activity is the establishment of a Programme Coordination Unity within the existing EAC organisational structure to manage the programme's implementation.

The project's first year activities are estimated to cost $ 1.6 mm while the preparatory activities at the regional level for the first two years are estimated at $ 3.7 mm. This phase will include policy harmonisation, capacity building, formulation of investment programmes and programme management.
The regional power master plan was developed by the EAC Secretariat for interconnection of integrated power systems of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The advantage of a fully integrated power sector is that it brings about efficiency, lowers cost generally and largely guarantees a steady supply of power something the community badly needs.

Source: The East African
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