In celebration of International Women’s Day 2024, UETCL hosted female staff on 7th March 2024 at Protea Hotel – Naguru Skyz. The celebrations were held under the international theme, ‘Inspire Inclusion” and were facilitated by the guest of honour, UETCL Board Member, Sylvia Nabatanzi Muwebwa.

The celebrations kicked off with opening remarks from the Head Human Resource & Administration, Halima Namatovu, who thanked the attendees for honouring the invitation and coming together to celebrate womanhood.

She then invited the first speaker of the day, the Company Secretary, Stella Ladona Wattanga Aseru who encourages the ladies to look after themselves despite how much life demands of them at work and at home. She stated that she was hopeful that by the next women’s day celebrations, all the women in attendance will have embraced growth and opportunities both inside and outside UETCL.

Ms Sylvia Nabatanzi Muwebwa – the guest of honour spoke thereafter sharing encouraging messages and personal life lessons with the conclusion, “Men and women should be afforded the same opportunities. It is our responsibility as women to harness the opportunities given to us and open the door for the women behind us.”

UETCL recognizes the importance of diversity among its staff. In celebration of this diversity, the company hosted Muslim staff for Iftar at Protea Hotel – Naguru Skyz.

Before breaking their fast, the attendees were addressed by Sheikh Jafaar Drapali who re-emphasized the importance of Ramadan and shared encouraging messages reminding staff to stay the course and stay engaged in their devotion to Allah.

The UETCL CEO, Joshua Karamagi, CFA, spoke thereafter thanking staff for honouring the invitation stating that, “Diversity is UETCL’s strength and such social gatherings are essential in building a strong organizational culture as we come together as colleagues.”

The evening closed with Maghrib prayers followed by Iftar and staff were able to leave at leisure.

On 18th November 2023, UETCL commissioned the 132kV Gulu-Agago transmission project at the Agago substation in Pader district. The State Minister for Energy, Hon. Okaasai Sidronius Opolot, was the Guest of Honour during the ceremony.

He said, “This newly commissioned Gulu – Agago Transmission Line is in line with the energy policy 2023 and the Energy Development Programme of the National Development Plan (NDP), Phase–III to ensure the power generated is evacuated and consumed.”

This project is evacuating power from the Agago/Achwa 83MW Hydropower Plant which is a strategic line part of the power corridor intended to extend power to the West Nile region through the Olwiyo – Nebbi – Arua Transmission Line.

This commissioning of this line will save the Government of Uganda deemed energy costs worth USD 2.5 million per month and will directly benefit the people of Gulu, Omoro and Pader Districts by ensuring the supply of reliable and stable power to these areas” said Joshua Karamagi, CFA – CEO, UETCL.

Construction of this project commenced in September 2021 and was completed within 18 months which is attributed to the commitment of UETCL and its contractors, Larsen & Tourbo Limited and KEC International Limited.

The Gulu-Agago project has been completed within 18 months of construction. We now turn our focus on the implementation of ongoing, planned system expansion and network upgrade projects for a robust system that will withstand the country’s growing demand and generation capacity in line with the envisaged 52,000 MW by 2040.” Said Mr. Kwame Ejalu Ejuku – Chairman, Board of Directors – UETCL.

The project was financed through a loan of EUR 40,000,000 from the German Government through Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). This amount covered the cost of the transmission line and associated substations. The Government of Uganda financed the supervision, land acquisition and Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) Implementation costs.

UETCL is committed to fulfilling its mandate as the Transmission System Operator through the implementation of power evacuation, system expansion and grid reinforcement projects which will ensure the supply of reliable and quality power within the country and the region.

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