Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (Uganda)

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Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development
Coat of Arms of Uganda.jpg
Coat of Arms of Uganda
Ministry overview
Type Ministry
Jurisdiction Government of Uganda
Headquarters Amber House
Kampala Road
Kampala, Uganda
Ministry executive
Website Homepage

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, also Ministry of Energy, Oil and Mineral Development is one of the governmental bodies of Uganda. The ministry has the function of developing and implementing policies related to electricity, minerals, petroleum and petroleum products. The ministry is part of the national cabinet and is headed by a cabinet minister. The current Cabinet Minister of Energy is Engineer Irene Nafuna Muloni.[1]


The headquarters of the ministry are located in Amber House on Kampala Road in the Kampala Central Division in Kampala, the capital and largest city of the country. The coordinates of the headquarters are 0°18'48.0"N, 32°34'55.0"E (Latitude:0°18'48.0"N; Longitude:32°34'55.0"E)[2]

Scope of activities[edit]

The ministry is responsible for energy policy, investments in mining, and the establishment of new power generating infrastructure using hydro power, thermal power, solar power, wind power and nuclear power. The two largest power development projects in the country are the 183 megawatt Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station, expected online in 2016,[3] and the 600 megawatt Karuma Hydroelectric Power Station, expected online in 2018.[4] According to a 2012 published report, Uganda was considering the use of nuclear energy for electricity generation.[5]


Upcoming projects[edit]

It is expected that after Isimba and Karuma come on-line, construction of Ayago Power Station will begin.[8] Uganda is increasingly developing other energy sources besides hydroelectricity, including evaluation of nuclear energy.[9] The energy generated is expected to be used internally through the expansion of electricity access in Uganda from estimated 20 percent in 2016 (about 900,000 subscribers) to 40 percent in 2020 (about 3 million subscribers).[10] Any surplus energy is expected to be sold to neighboring countries including South Sudan and DR Congo.[11]

Auxiliary institutions and allied agencies[edit]

  1. Electricity Regulatory Authority (Uganda)
  2. Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited[12]
  3. Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited[13]
  4. Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited[14]
  5. Umeme Limited[15]
  6. Rural Electrification Agency
  7. Uganda Energy Credit Capitalisation Company
  8. Petroleum Authority of Uganda
  9. Uganda National Oil Company
  10. Uganda Oil Refinery[16]
  11. Uganda Atomic Energy Council

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Mugabe, and Charles Etukuri (14 April 2016). "Museveni orders minister to suspend top energy officials". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Google (15 July 2016). "Location of the Headquarters of the Ugandan Ministry of Energy, Oil and Mineral Development" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Masaba, Yusuf (20 February 2015). "Isimba hydro plant to start power generation in 2016". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Kasita, Ibrahim (14 August 2013). "Karuma Dam Project to come online by 2018". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Moses Kalisa Seruwagi (28 August 2012). "Uganda plans nuclear energy development". Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Agencies (16 June 2016). "Minerals State Minister Peter Lokeris Says Uganda will Issue Production Licences to Tullow and Total Late June". Kampala: Quoting "Agencies". Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Namulondo, Kayla (7 June 2016). "Museveni Retains Natural Resources Ministers in New Cabinet". Quoting Oil and Gas. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Masaba, Yusuf (20 February 2015). "Uganda: Isimba Hydro Plant to Start Power Generation in 2016". Kampala: The Observer (Uganda) via Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Mubiru, Apollo (5 June 2014). "Uganda considers nuclear energy - Museveni". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  10. ^ Obulutsa, George (22 September 2016). "Uganda to spend $2 billion on power connections, grid". The EastAfrican Quoting Reuters. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Correspondent (12 October 2016). "Uganda to export electricity to DRC, South Sudan". London: Uganda Monday Times. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Wesonga, Nelson (22 January 2015). "Electricity company to sell stock share to the public". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Agaba, John (24 October 2013). "Uganda gets €21 million loan from German bank for electricity". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  14. ^ Advertisement (10 February 2016). "Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited (UEDCL)". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  15. ^ Ladu, Ismail Musa (16 March 2015). "Umeme gets new chief executive officer". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  16. ^ Anyanzwa, James (8 October 2016). "Uganda oil refinery completion date pushed to 2020". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 

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Coordinates: 00°18′48″N 32°34′55″E / 0.31333°N 32.58194°E / 0.31333; 32.58194