Questions About UETCL
What is UETCL?
UETCL is a registered abbreviation for Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited. UETCL is one of the three successor companies created as a result of the unbundling of Uganda Electricity Board (UEB).
How many licenses does UETCL have?
UETCL has 4 licenses namely;
- Bulk power supply
- Operation of high voltage transmission grid
- System Operator
- Power import and export.
What is the difference between UETCL and UMEME?
UETCL operates the grid above 33kV (Transmission Grid) while UMEME operates grid below 33kV (Distribution Grid).
The transmission grid carries electricity at high voltages from power generation plants and delivers it to distribution companies e.g. UMEME for distribution to final consumers.
The Distribution grid is the electricity network that supplies electricity to final end users e.g. homes, factories, industries, hospitals etc.
When was the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company (UETCL) established?
UETCL was incorporated on 26th March 2001 as a Limited Liability Company and operates under policy guidance of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
Who are the UETCL clients?
Our Ugandan clients;
Umeme Limited, Ferdsult Engineering Service ltd, Bundibugyo Energy Cooperative Society (BECS), Energy Cooperative Society (BECS), PaderAbim Community Multi-purpose Electric Corporative Society Ltd (PACMECS), Kilembe Investments Limited (KIL), Kyegegwa Rural Electrification Cooperatives (KRECS), Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (UEDCL).
Our clients outside Uganda;
Kenya power and lighting Co. Limited (KPLC), Tanzania Electricity Supply Co. Limited (TANESCO), Electricity Water & Sanitation Authority (EWSA)-Rwanda, Societe Nationaled’ Electricite (SNEL)-DRC.
Who owns Uganda Electricity Transmission Company (UETCL)?
UETCL is a Company wholly owned by GoU and has two equal shareholders, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the Minister of State for Finance in charge of Privatisation.
Questions About Projects
What effects will the transmission line have on us?
Geotechnical information/data will be collected from specific areas along the line to enable engineers to design appropriately; ensuring that communities living in flood prone areas are not affected by electricity, in case of accidents.
Are there chances that high voltage transmission line will pre-dispose the community to diseases like cancer?
Scientific studies have shown that radiation effect is almost at zero point after the 40 meter width corridor; that is why we urge all those who will be affected to move away from the 40 meter width corridor to ensure safety. No conclusive study has linked radiation with cancer; but to ensure safety, it is not wise to live under the transmission line.
How does a community benefit from your projects?
The transmission lines we erect are high voltage lines, but eventually it will boost the distribution lines in the general.
How much land is needed for a transmission line corridor?
A 30 meter’ wide corridor is needed for the line and the land is demarcated into two (2) zones namely;
Right of way: 5 meters to have the access track for maintenance works. This is wholly purchased and transferred to UETCL.
Wayleaves: The remainder of the land within the corridor is for the tower construction / installations and the designated safety area.(This is an easement which remains the property of the owner but used with restrictions.
What is an easement?
An easement is when a land owner retains ownership of his property, but conveys limited rights to the easement holder for specific uses. When UETCL obtains an easement, we do so for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a transmission line. We purchase property for substations, rather than obtaining easement rights.
Who gets affected by the transmission projects?
Different categories get affected by the transmission line projects. These are called Project Affected Persons(PAPs).
What are the legal requirements to prove ownership of land?
Land Owners: Proof of title and purchase agreements.
Minors: Guardianship orders
Absentee Land Owners: Signed powers of Attorney
Survivors of Deceased : Letters of Administration
Tenants: Consent from Land owners for tenants to sell to UETCL