Multinational - Uganda – DRC Power Transmission Study

Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Feb 2020
Signature Date 20 Oct 2020
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2023
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 1,392,768.41
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed operation concerns a grant not exceeding US$ 925,000 to Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) for the purpose of the pre-investment study updates of 220 kV (400 kV) Uganda-DRC Power Interconnection Reinforcement Project Study. The project consists of update of Feasibility Study, Detailed Design, Bidding Documents, ESIA and RAP as pre-investment studies for construction of a High Voltage transmission line and associated substations of Beni, Butembo, and Bunia and upgrade the Nkenda Substation. From Nkenda substation in Kasese Western Region of Uganda the line will continue up to Bunia and Butembo via Beni in the North Eastern region of DRC. The total distance of the line is estimated to 352.2 km. Strategically, the implementation and realisation of the project will promote regional cooperation for development and optimal utilisation of energy resources within the sub-region. Further, specifically in this case, this regional project will influence the implementation of the least-cost projects and coordination of this regional investment will involve significant savings in NPV terms for the region. The project will help deliver both physical (Interconnector and associated hardware) and institutional (agreements, rules, harmonized grid-codes, processes, skills, power trade, etc.) infrastructure. The total implementation period is estimated to Fourteen (14) months from approval comprising of eight (8) months for updating the studies preceded by six (6) months procurement process including negotiation and contract award.

Project Objectives

The Objective of the pre-investment studies is to support the Governments Uganda and DRC and their concerned power utilities, through NELSAP to: (i) update the 2013 Feasibility Study, Detailed Design and Bidding Documents; (ii) update the 2013 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Resettlement Action Plan. The update of the feasibility study will also validate the voltage level either at 220 kV or 400 KV.


The Beneficiary of this grant will be Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) on behalf of the two involved Governments and the two utilities.

Participating Organization

Nile BASIN Initiative Secretariat
NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-FAD-018
Last Update 21 Mar 2023


Contact Details


Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
0.25 30.1 Nkenda
0.14231 29.28185 Butembo
0.49113 29.47306 Beni
-4.375 15.97 Kinshasa City
0.31628 32.5822 Kampala