Load shedding will soon be something to read about specifically in the Kampala Central Business District (KCBD) as the Queen's Way Substation has finally been commissioned and is up and running. The station, initially built in 1993 with a lifespan of 15 years was upgraded due to higher power demand and having outlived its intended lifespan. From supplying 33 kilovolts (KV) to the grid, the revamp sees the station rise to 132 KV with a grant under the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funding the project as a token of friendship and cooperation between the two countries of Japan and Uganda. This comes just days after the government launched a ten year electricity connection policy offering free connection to rural households in a drive to boost rural social transformation as envisaged in the Government Development Plan 2020.
On behalf of the President, Uganda's Vice President, His Excellency Edward Ssekandi was guided on a tour of the state of the art power station by the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited CEO William Kiryahika, during which he read a speech on behalf of the President commending the Japanese government for the $16 million grant for the project to which Uganda contributed $5million. He assured the public that the additional electricity on the grid will not only increase power supply but also ensure reliability. He went on to emphasize that the government's aim of increasing the annual number of rural connections from the current 70,000 to 300,000 by 2027 was underway and completion of such projects was a clear indicator that such goals were attainable. It must be noted that the National Resistance Movement government strategically prioritized the energy sector which arguably is one of the major catalysts for economic growth and transformation besides being central to attainment of sustainable development goals. Also present at the commissioning were Minister for Energy, Irene Muloni, State Minister for Energy Simon Djanga and Minister for Kampala Betty Kamya who also acknowledged the government's efforts to boost production in the economy.
With the revamp of Queen's Way Substation bringing more electricity to the grid, electricity transmitter Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) whose mandate entails buying all electricity generated from companies such as Nalubaale, Kiira, Bujagali and others and later selling it to distributors such as UMEME has reason to be thankful as this eases the pressure on the already overloaded grid and will eventually translate into lower power tariffs for the consumers.