By Rogers Wanambwa
KIU, Main Campus - A switching station is being built by Umeme in Lyantonde District to enhance power supply in the district, Masaka, and Mbarara cities.
According to the Managing Director Umeme, Selestino Babungi, the switching station will be up and running by June 2021.
“Once it is in place, it will quicken the detection of faults between Masaka and Mbarara since it is a midpoint between the two cities. It will also help keep the factories in production 24/7 by switching them from a faulty line to the one without a fault,” Babungi said.
As it as, Babungi added that after Umeme put up a UGX5 billion substation in Ishaka District and interconnected it with a transmission substation in Mbarara, power users are very pleased with the quality of supply.
Besides, between 2005 and 2019, Umeme had invested $654 million in expanding the length of the distribution grid, reducing energy losses, and connecting applicants to the grid.