The government has invited China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company Limited (CET) to assess Uganda’s electricity transmission and distribution grids. CET’s findings will inform future investments (projects) in the networks, which are currently operated by the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) and Umeme respectively.
An article titled, ‘China eyes role as world’s power supplier’, which appeared in the United Kingdom’s Financial Times on June 7, 2018 is more instructive in explaining CET’s interest in Uganda.
According to the kicker of the article, China is promoting a global electricity network to absorb huge power surpluses.
To that end, to justify the construction of huge electricity generation projects, China’s State Grid Corporation is pushing for Ultra-High Voltage (UHV) cable technology.
The UHV technology, according to the article, eases the commercial transportation of power over vast distances at lower costs and lowers technical losses.
Full article: Daily Monitor