Uganda - Uganda Rural Electricity Access Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Sep 2015
Signature Date 04 Nov 2015
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2024
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 74,773,063.75
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed project is part of the Government of Uganda (GoU)’s ten year rural electrification programme (RESP-2) to expand access to electricity. The project will expand the grid medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) distribution networks spread over five service territories (ST) in 16 district areas and provide last-mile connections to households, public infrastructure and small and medium enterprises. In addition, it includes construction of a 7 km long submarine cable to the Bugala Island from the national grid and procurement of connection materials, ready-boards and pre-paid energy metres to intensify the last-mile connections for 99,077 new customers near to the existing grid in already electrified rural and urban areas that do not require grid extension. Construction is expected to be implemented over a period of 21 months after EPC contract effectiveness and is to be completed by February 2019. The project’s cost is estimated at USD 121.405 million.

Project Objectives

The project’s main development objective is to “provide reliable and affordable electricity to rural Ugandan households, public infrastructure services (schools, health centres, and administration offices) and small and medium scale enterprises”.


The key project beneficiaries will be an estimated 58,206 rural households living within five STs (central, Eastern, South, North-North West and North Eastern) in 16 district areas (Nakasongola, Luweero, Alebtong, Amuria, Soroti, Mbale, Manafwa, Serere, Ngora, Bukedea, Kaliro, Luuka, Buyende, Iganga, Gulu, Nwoya and Bugala Island) representing around 279,389 people The households and businesses in Bugala Island (Kalangala) will benefit by getting reliable power supply from the grid. The public institutions and businesses in these district areas will be significantly improved, as the project will provide access to modern, reliable energy to 5,320 business centres and 1,474 public institutions (schools, health centres and administration offices). Finally, markets, business centres, and other major consumers will be given priority in the routing as per the programme design.

Participating Organization

Rural Electrification Agency (REA)
Government Of Uganda
African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-UG-FA0-006
Last Update 22 Mar 2023


Contact Details

Name Girma Mekuria ABIYEHOY

Geographic Location

Country Uganda
Coordinates Location Name
1.2663 33.14268 Buyende District
2.08333 33.66667 Amuria District
1.36667 34.13333 Bukedea District
-0.57478 32.38108 Kalangala District
2.85604 32.43001 Gulu District
0.7 33.5333 Iganga District
1.07782 33.48763 Kaliro District
0.82405 33.33251 Luuka District
0.82 32.614 Luwero District
0.88333 34.33333 Manafwa District