Multinational - The Interconnection of Electric Grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries (Supplementary Loan to the Republic of Uganda)

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Nov 2016
Signature Date 27 Jul 2017
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Commitment U.A 985,725.28
Status Completion

Project General Description

This project aims to provide a supplementary loan of UA 5.840 million to the Republic of Uganda to finance the funding gap of the interconnection of electric grids of nile equatorial lakes countries (NELSAP). The initial design of the project consists of the construction of 769 km of 220 kV and 110 kV transmission lines and 17 transformer stations to interconnect the electric grids of Nile Equatorial Lakes Countries, namely; Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda in order to improve transboundary energy exchange among those countries. The shortfall arose mainly from depreciation of loan currencies (UA and JPY) against the contract currencies of EUR and US Dollar and variation orders due to changes in scope. The proposed supplementary loan the Uganda’s section of the project and will cover financing gaps related to the construction of transmission lines and substation, project supervision and audit as well as operating costs for implementation unit. The revised scope, in Uganda, comprises the construction of: (i) 131.2 km of 220 kV double circuit transmission line from Bujagali via Tororo substation to the Uganda/Kenya border, (ii) 66.55 km of 220 kV double circuit transmission line from Mbarara North substation via new Mirama substation to the Uganda/Rwanda border; and (iii) the extension of 220 kV Bujagali switchyard, construction of new 220/132 kV Mbarara North substation, construction of new 220 kV Tororo substation and construction of new 220/132/33 kV Mirama substation.

Project Objectives

The main development objective of the project is to improve the rate of access of electrical power for the people of the member countries and to foster regional power trade through interconnection of their electrical networks. It will help to reduce electricity energy prices in the NEL countries, attract investments, and enhance global competitiveness. The interconnection will provide an added advantage of sharing capacity reserves and economies of scale that will allow the development of big hydropower plants in the region.


The beneficiaries of the project are the Equatorial Lakes countries of the Nile, namely Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministères en charge de l’énergie des pays membres de l’Initiative du bassin du Nil
Cellule de coordination régionale du Programme auxiliaire d’action des pays des lacs équatoriaux du Nil (NELSAP)
Compagnies nationales de transport de l’électricité


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FA0-115
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


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Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-0.52734 36.51855 Eastern Africa
0.31628 32.5822 Kampala
-1.28333 36.83333 Nairobi
-1.94995 30.0589 Kigali
-3.3822 29.3644 Bujumbura