Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) was incorporated as a limited company on the 26th March 2001 in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act as amended and the Public Enterprise Reform and Divestiture Act.
UETCL’s existence is provided for in the Electricity Act Cap 145 that provided for un-bundling the Uganda Electricity Board (UEB) into successor Companies and establishment of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA).
UEB was succeeded by three companies namely;
- Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL) – Responsible for Power Generation at Kiira 200MW and Nalubaale 180MW power plants.
- Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) – Responsible for the grid assets operating above 33kV.
- Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL) – Responsible for the grid assets operating at 33kV and below.
UETCL Operational Licences
Operation of a High Voltage Transmission Grid (HVTG)
UETCL is licensed to carry out construction, ownership and operation of installations of the high voltage transmission of electricity in Uganda (above 33kV).
UETCL is licensed to; coordinate the power supply system to obtain instantaneous balance between the generation and consumption of electricity,coordinate transmission outages, monitor the import and export of electricity and prepare forecasts of capacity requirements.
Bulk Power Supply
UETCL is empowered to purchase power to provide continuous and economic supply of electricity to meet the load requirement for customers served directly or indirectly from HVTG facilities at lowest reasonable cost.
Power Export and Import
UETCL will import and export electricity power to neighboring countries pursuant to the terms of the agreement(s) for such international power transactions.
Public Infrastructure provider (PIP)
UETCL is licensed by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to lease out the extra capacity 24/96 optic fiber cores to internet Service Providers (ISPs). The company also uses the fiber for its communication links along its network.