The Government of Uganda has approved the 10-year Rural Electrification Strategy and Plan (RESP-2) in June 2013 with a target to increase access to electricity in rural areas from 7% to 26%. The Uganda Electricity Access Project is one of several projects designed under RESP-2 and will: (i) build about 1,147 km of medium voltage and 808 km of low-voltage distribution networks, (ii) last-mile connections to 58,206 rural households, 5,320 business centers and 1,474 public institutions (schools, health centers and administration offices) to the grid; and (iii) procure additional 99,077 connection materials, ready-boards and pre-paid energy meters to intensify the last-mile connections near to the existing grid in already electrified rural and urban areas that do not require grid extension. Its beneficiaries are mainly rural Ugandans, who will gain access to reliable and affordable electricity and related improved services.
The project has four main components: (i) Grid extension and last-mile connections through construction of distribution networks, (ii) Project Administration and Management, (iii) Technical Assistance and Capacity Building, and (iv) Environmental and Social Management.
As of 30 June 2017, the project has finalized the recruitment of project engineering and supervision consultant, the recruitment of consulting firm for preparation of feasibility studies for future rural electrification projects and the recruitment of consulting firm for the cost of electricity service and affordability of tariffs studies. The project engineering and supervision consultant has prepared the designs and bidding documents.
The EU-AITF TA grant will finance the studies for “electricity cost of service and affordability of tariffs” which will helps support the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) to determine the cost of service and affordability of electricity in order to continuously review and adjust the tariff to achieve cost-reflective, sustainable and affordable tariff levels in Uganda.
As at June 2017, the project implementation agency has finalized the procurement process for the recruitment of consulting firms for the study. The contract with the selected/recommended consulting firm is awaiting the signature.