Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (Uganda)
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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.
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)
Scope of activities
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, and the 600 megawatt Karuma Hydroelectric Power Station, expected online in 2018. According to a 2012 published report, Uganda was considering the use of nuclear energy for electricity generation.
- State Minister for Minerals, currently Peter Lokeris
- State Minister for Energy, currently Simon D'Ujanga
It is expected that after Isimba and Karuma come on-line, construction of Ayago Power Station will begin. Uganda is increasingly developing other energy sources besides hydroelectricity, including evaluation of nuclear energy. 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). Any surplus energy is expected to be sold to neighboring countries including South Sudan and DR Congo.
Auxiliary institutions and allied agencies
- Electricity Regulatory Authority (Uganda)
- Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited
- Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited
- Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited
- Umeme Limited
- Rural Electrification Agency
- Uganda Energy Credit Capitalisation Company
- Petroleum Authority of Uganda
- Uganda National Oil Company
- Uganda Oil Refinery
- Uganda Atomic Energy Council
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