Uganda in Talks with Chinese Firm for $180m Power Transmission Line to South Sudan

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Uganda is in discussions with Chinese company Sinohydro Corporation Limited for the development of a $180 million power transmission line aimed at exporting electricity to energy-deficient South Sudan. The project, which involves constructing a 138-kilometer high-voltage transmission line and expanding substations, was discussed during a meeting between Sinohydro’s vice president, Yang Yi Xin, and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.

Sinohydro Corporation expressed its willingness to finance the project if needed, signaling strong support for its development. Museveni endorsed the Chinese firm’s offer, highlighting the potential for enhancing energy cooperation between the two countries. Last year, Uganda and South Sudan signed a power sales agreement to facilitate the electricity trade.

This initiative aligns with ongoing efforts to bolster regional energy infrastructure, with Sinohydro already involved in a $1.5 billion hydropower project in northern Uganda. Once completed, this project is expected to serve as a key source of electricity for export to South Sudan, addressing its energy needs and fostering closer economic ties between the two nations.

Source: Reuters

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